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Exploring Geology and Geophysics through EarthScope

May 20 - 21, 2011

University of Texas Institute of Geophysics, Austin, TX

Workshop content and associated resources

Agenda, instructor and participant list [pdf]

Icebreaker - Getting to know you [pdf]

Bob Lillie's presentation, Beauty and the Beast: EarthScope and plate tectonics, landscape development, and geological hazards of the United States [pdf]

Exploring Earthquake, Volcano, and Plate Motion Relationships Using EarthScope Voyager Jr.
Outcome: Describe how the locations of earthquakes, volcanoes, and GPS velocity vectors provide evidence for plate tectonics
[Presentation and workshsheets]

Forecasting Earthquakes Using the IRIS Earthquake Browser
Outcome: Teachers will determine the occurrence rates of various magnitude earthquakes within a participant-selected region of the Earth and then identify the relationship between regional tectonics and the seismic hazard.
Activity Page

Seismic Waves Basics
Outcome: To increase participants understanding of Earthquake waves and their propagation across USArray.
Activity page with tutorial

Reading GPS Time Series Plots / Where are these Plates moving?
Outcome: Teachers will be able use a simple model of a GPS monument to visualize plate motion and calculate plate velocity vectors to determine regional plate motion.
Presentation, answer key, and student worksheet

Earthquake machine Outcome: Teachers will be able to explain stick-slip fault behavior
Modeling Elastic Rebound: The Earthquake Machine Lite
Developing arguments about earthquakes: Earthquake Machine Lite Activity 2

Investigating Plate Motion and Deformation in California using GPS Time Series Data w/ data exploration
Outcome: Teachers will calculate plate velocity vectors to determine plate motions and describe plate rebound after an earthquake.
Presentation, answer key, and student worksheet

Exploring Earth Structure using Occam’s Razor: Determining and Measuring Earth’s Layered Interior
Outcome: Teachers will be able to use simple models and seismic data to increase their understanding of Earth structure and how it is determined.
Presentation, teacher guide, answer key, and student worksheet

Episodic Tremor and Slip in the Pacific Northwest: When is the next big earthquake? (also known as: The Case of the Mysterious Earthquakes)
Outcome: Teachers will analyze GPS & seismic data to study plate motion and crustal deformation of the Pacific Northwest.
Presentation, answer key, and student worksheet

Integrating Activities into Your Teaching [pdf]


Kathy Ellins, The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics kellinsutig.ig.utexas.edu
Shelley Olds, UNAVCO oldsunavco.org
John Taber, IRIS taberiris.edu

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