Exploring Rates of Earthquake Occurrence

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Link to Resource: https://www.iris.edu/hq/inclass/lesson/exploring_rates_of_earthquake_occurrence
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Summary:In this activity students explore the rate of earthquake occurrence for areas of Earth they choose to explore. Data is accessed through the simple interface of the IRIS Earthquake Browser (See Related Resources above). After compiling their data for various sized earthquakes, students calculate re-occurrence intervals for each magnitude and plot the data on a semi-log graph for interpretation.  Discussions of the collected data touches on strengths and limitations of their data set, possible societal implications (e.g. building codes etc), as well as concepts related to earthquake prediction and forecasting.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 4; Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS2.B; ESS3.A; ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:4-ESS2-2; HS-ESS3-1; MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS3-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; earthquake; high school; middle school; seismic survey
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