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Earthquakes & Volcanoes

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"What's Shakin', Dude?" (9-12) - Students will create their own P- & S-wave travel chart and develop a better understanding of the relationship between these two earthquake wave types, travel times, and travel distances.

Real Evidence of a Subducting Plate (9-12) – Hands-on approach to examining real earthquake evidence of the South American subduction zone where the Nazca Plate and the South American Plate are colliding. With this activity you can see how geologists came up with the idea of a subducting slab.


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Earth to Class - Selected Lab & Activities on earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics.
Earthquakes: Learning from the Past, Prepare for the Future. - Need Internet access, maps; Students research, question and answer with teacher to learn about earthquakes. For motivated classes.
Earthshaking Events - Classroom Activity from Science & Children, Feb. 2001 p. 33. Students create their own version of a seismograph to understand how scientists use this tool to measure earthquake vibrations. National Science Education Standard D: Earth and Space Science-Structure of the earth system.
Earth Science Education Demonstrations, Lessons and Activities - Great earthquake lessons from Dr. Larry Braile.
IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) - Lessons and Resources
A Model of Three Faults - Students will observe fault movements on a model of the earth's surface. Teacher needs to print the model page from the Web site.
Volcano World Earth Science Lessons -


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