Seismology Education

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WEB SITES WITH INFORMATION ON SEISMOLOGY AND VOLCANOLOGY

This Dynamic Earth: the Story of Plate Tectonics
http://pubs.usgs.gov/publications/text/dynamic.html

Frequently Asked Questions about earthquake engineering
http://mceer.buffalo.edu/infoService/faqs/

Virtual Earthquake: Become a certified virtual seismologist!
http://vcourseware.calstatela.edu

Animations and Paper Models
http://jclahr.com/alaska/aeic/taurho/

A Model of Sea-floor Spreading Teacher's Guide
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/fosrec/Metzger3.html

USGS K-12 Web Site
http://www.usgs.gov/education/

Seismological Society of America Resources for Teachers
http://www.seismosoc.org/education/index.html

U of Washington Seismology and Earthquake Information
http://www.geophys.washington.edu/recenteqs/latest.htm

U of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute Seismology Program
http://www.giseis.alaska.edu/Seis/

Recent lists and maps of Alaskan earthquakes
http://www.giseis.alaska.edu/Seis/html_docs/alaska_seismicity_maps.html

Alaska Volcano Observatory
http://www.avo.alaska.edu/

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MAP OF THE 10 LARGEST EARTHQUAKES IN THE WORLD
Note that 3 of the 10 occurred in Alaska!

http://neic.cr.usgs.gov/neis/eqlists/10maps.html

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WHO TO ASK

The Mad Scientist Network
http://medinfo.wustl.edu/~ysp/MSN/

The US Geological Survey -- Ask A Geologist --
http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/ask-a-geologist/

Ask An Expert
http://njnie.dl.stevens-tech.edu/curriculum/aska.html

Ask_An_Expert
http://njnie.dl.stevens-tech.edu/askanexpert.html

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SEISMIC COMPUTER PROGRAM

A computer program for displaying earthquake epicenters on a map in speeded up time.
http://www.geol.binghamton.edu/faculty/jones/jones.html#Seismic-Eruptions

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IRIS EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

The IRIS Education & Outreach (E&O) program, in collaboration with the seismological and educational communities, develops and implements programs designed to enhance seismology and Earth Science education in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and in adult education.

http://www.iris.edu/about/ENO/

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PUBLIC SEISMIC NETWORK

Redwood City, California: http://psn.quake.net/

A network of amateur seismologists with lots of information on setting up and running your own seismic station.
Colorado: http://jclahr.com/science/psn/

Tennessee: http://www.ceri.memphis.edu/~rond/psn/

Texas: http://pages.prodigy.net/fxc/  and http://pages.prodigy.net/fxc/JC.html

New Zealand: http://psn.quake.net/dave/home.htm

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VIBRATION SENSORS (GEOPHONES) FOR EDUCATION

The USGS has a number of used seismic refraction geophones can be provided to teachers for the cost of shipping.  These are relatively high frequency phones (mostly 8 to 14 Hz vertical) that are small and well suited to "table-top" seismology. Due to their poor response to frequencies below 8 Hz, these phones are not ideally suited for earthquake monitoring, but would respond to very nearby earthquakes. The voltage from a geophone can be displayed on an oscilloscope or or on a computer monitor with the use of an analog-to-digital (AD) converter.

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PRINTED CURRICULUM MATERIALS

Tremor Troops, A Teacher's Package on Earthquakes for K-6

Seismic Sleuths, Second Edition, A Teacher's Package on Earthquakes for Grades 7-12
Produced by The American Geophysical Union with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

To obtain copies contact the FEMA Warehouse, POB 2012, Jessup, MD, 20794-2012.
Phone: (800) 480-2520 and ask for FEMA 253 (Seismic Sleiths) and/or FEMA 159 (Tremor Troops).

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VIDEO

Surviving the Big One is a good educational video on how to prepare for a large earthquake. It was produced by KCET Television in Glendale, CA, and is available for $19.95 from Video Finder (800) 343-4727.

I see a copy on amazon.com for $1.40 on 3/23/05!

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OTHER GREAT EDUCATIONAL WEB SITES

The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
http://www.exploratorium.edu

Geologic Time from UC Berkeley
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/help/timeform.html

Pacific Bell Education Web
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/

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