In November 1997 I began working at the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado, on a project to update their earthquake processing software. I continue to be interested in geology and geophysics education for grades K through 12 and in the development of appropriate curriculum materials and hands-on science exhibits.
Table-top seismology demonstration. There is a fairly advanced version could be used for a science fair project or for a classroom demonstration and also a simpler version of this demonstration that uses rubber bands and a small block of wood, with suggestions for use in a science classroom.
Take a look at "How to Build a Model Illustrating Sea-Floor spreading and Subduction." This report gives instructions and patterns for making a working tectonic model from a shoe box.
Do you know what standing waves are? Make a "Standing Wave Machine" and find out!
Build a seismic shake table and test your own building designs for earthquake resistance.
Create a "human wave" out of your entire class!
Versions of this program are available for PC-DOS and SUN-Solaris computers. This site describes a CD-ROM, which is not available yet. However, the contents of the CD-ROM are all available on-line.
The next big Earthquake in Alaska may come sooner than you think
Neotectonic Map of Alaska
PDF version of the DNAG map provided by the Alaska Geological
and Geophysical Surveys (DGGS)
Local copy: front back
From The Decade of North American Geology (DNAG) publication.
earthquakes located during the 1989-1990 eruption of Redoubt volcano.
(These files are also located here.)
location, and error analysis in a volcanic environment: implications for the
magmatic system of the 1989-1990 eruptions at Redoubt Volcano, Alaska.
MS Word Format (2.5 MB)
PDF Format (1 MB)
Good PDF document with a review of the tectonic setting of volcanoes.
This table, from The Decade of North American Geology (DNAG) Neotectonic map of Alaska, is included here for easy reference.
Click here for links to PDF version.
One-page versions of
Tau's Open-file reports. The colored pages were
created by the Australian Geological Survey Organization, Geoscience Awareness Unit - Phone (02) 62499497
The contents of many of Tau Rho's Open-file reports are available in web and in Apple Macintosh Hyper-Card formats.
Another on-line source for Tau's reports is the USGS Publications Warehouse.
National Earthquake Information Center Links on Alaska
Compute arrival times at Your seismic station for a specified earthquake
Graph of seismic travel time in minutes versus distance in degrees
Table of P and S minus P times versus distance in degrees