Locating an earthquake with recent seismic data

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Link to Resource: https://www.iris.edu/hq/inclass/lesson/locating_an_earthquake_with_recent_seismic_data
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Summary:To understand Plate Tectonic processes on the Earth, and to better understand where future earthquakes are likely to occur, it is important to know how to locate earthquakes as they occur. In this activity students use recent, three-component seismic data to locate a global earthquake. Students will be able to identify P and S waves on seismograms, determine the distance of an epicenter from a seismic station using travel time curves, locating the epicenter of an earthquake by triangulation, and calculating the time of origin of an earthquake based on seismic data.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 4; Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS2.C; ESS3.A; ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-3; 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); Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; earthquake; high school; middle school; seismology
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