Comparing Earthquake Depth and Magnitude Patterns

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8
Organization:Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Summary:An earthquake is a shaking of the ground caused by the sudden release of stored energy along a fault. Think of it like snapping your fingers. You push your fingers together enough so that they don't move when you try to slide them sideways. Then suddenly, one finger slips past the other finger and … SNAP! The sound you hear represents the same kind of energy released when rocks under stress along a fault suddenly move and release energy, shaking the ground. In this activity, you will use a computer model, Seismic Explorer, to investigate patterns in the depths and magnitudes of earthquakes around the world.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3; Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.B; ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS2-3; MS-ESS3-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns
Subjects: earth; earthquake; geology; natural hazards; plate tectonics; seismology
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