Visualizing Relationships Between Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Plate Boundaries in the Western U.S. Using EarthScope Jr.
Learners use the web-based data viewing tool, EarthScope Jr., or the included map packet to visualize relationships between earthquakes, volcanoes, and plate boundaries in the western United States. The instructor's guide, worksheet, and map packet are required for this activity; the computer instructions are required if using a computer. Includes the instructor presentation (in pdf and ppt formats), student worksheet, computer instructions, and map packet
Exploring Plate Motion and Deformation in California Using GPS Time Series Plots: Lesson Plan
Students learn about Global Positioning System (GPS) data and time series plots then work with authentic GPS time series plots to determine the magnitude and direction of movement for given GPS stations, and calculate the amount of slip that occurred during the Parkfield earthquake. There are two activities included in this sequence:
Exploring Plate Motion and Deformation in Cascadia Using GPS Data
Designed as a large class (50+) exercise. Students work in teams of 4 to analyze GPS data to determine regional plate motion in the Cascadia (Pacific Northwest) region using authentic GPS time series plots.
Analyzing Plate Motion Using EarthScope GPS Data with the Pacific Northwest as a case study
Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter: Learn how to use GPS to visualize plate tectonics in the Pacific Northwest. Students learn how to access GPS data, create Time Series Plots, plot velocity vectors on a map, and analyze regional plate motion.
Episodic Tremor and Slip in the Pacific Northwest: when is the next big earthquake?
Designed for middle school students, grades 6 - 8. Students explore episodic tremor and slip in the Cascadia region by using GPS Time Series Plots.
Taking the Pulse of Yellowstone’s “Breathing” Volcano: Problem-Based Learning in America’s First National Park
In this activity, students learn about volcanism in Yellowstone National Park by focusing on its signs of volcanic activity: its history of eruption, recent seismicity, hydrothermal events, and ground deformation. They learn how scientists monitor volcanoes (using Mount St. Helens as an example) and then apply that as an open-ended problem to Yellowstone by identifying a site for a hypothetical research station. (formerly titled: Will It Blow? Monitoring Yellowstone's Volcanic Activity)
Northern California PBO Installation [PPT]
Princeton High School Earth Science teacher, TJ Pray, shares his PBO installation experience in a powerpoint presentation for his students.
Global Positioning System (GPS) Tutorials
How GPS Works [ppt] (K. Larson, University of Colorado)
Global Positioning System Overview (P. Dana, University of Texas at Austin)
Elevation Correction and the Geoid (UNAVCO)
The Geoid and Receiver Measurements (UNAVCO)
Selective Availability and the GPS Receiver (UNAVCO)
Geodesy, Do you know where you are? - The Global Positioning System (NOAA)
GPS Tutorial (Trimble)
Educational Online Interactives and Games
Polar Power through the Night : In this Flash - based interactive exercise, students try their hands at designing a power system to run the GPS equipment through three years (including three polar nights!) of study and learn about the power needs of scientists doing research in extreme, polar environments and the important factors in powering remote, autonomous power and communication systems in Polar regions. Funded by the Polar MRI grant.
EarthScope Workshop - Interactive Field Trip
Valley and Ridge to Blue Ridge Province - Shenandoah National Park: Explore the central Appalachian Mountain belt and the Blue Ridge Province with Dr. Steve Whitmeyer of James Madison University and Dr. Chuck Bailey of the College of William and Mary in this virtual field trip.You can zoom in from outer-space, hear a brief overview of each field stop, and read a summary of the local geology Additionaly YouTube presentations from the EarthScope Workshop for Interpretive Professionals: Central Appalachian Region held at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia in March, 2012 cover Regional Geology and Tectonics of the Central Appalachians, Highlighting Virginia, an overview of the Central Virginia Earthquake, and a Sense of Place.
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