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  • About Earthquakes — basics about earthquakes (University of Washington)
  • Animation of P, S & Surface Waves — seismic wave animations (San Diego State Univ.)
  • Animations & Interactive Animations of Seismology Fundamentals — animations illustrating the fundamentals of earthquakes and seismology (Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS))
  • Animations Illustrating Simple Wave Propagation Concepts — propagation, reflection, refraction, standing waves (SUNY Binghamton)
  • Digital Online Geology - Earthquakes — Online version of "Earthquakes" by Edward J. Tarbuck, Frederick K. Lutgens, and Dennis Tasa. This informative chapter about earthquakes has images, text, quizzes, and narrated animations explaining what happens when earthquakes occur. (TASA Graphic Arts)
  • Earth Science Education Activities — a wealth of excellent hands-on activities for teaching about earthquakes, volcanoes, seismic waves, plate tectonics, earth structure, seismic waves, convection, seismometers and more! (Purdue Univ.)
  • Earthquake 101 Powerpoint Slideshow Download — a complete PowerPoint show for the basics (USGS)
  • Earthquake Quartet #1 — USGS seismologist Andrew Michael explores both music and audio playbacks of the earth shaking and finds new ways to learn about the earth, earthquakes, musical instruments and music. (USGS)
  • Earthquake Science Explained — A series of short articles for students, teachers, and parents originally published as weekly features in The San Francisco Chronicle. This USGS General Information Product presents some of the new understanding gained and scientific advances made in the century since the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. (USGS)
  • Earthquake Visualizations — Animations showing seismograph operation, tsunami, P and S Waves, earthquake focus versus epicenter, and actual footage of an earthquake. (Carleton College/NAGT materials)
  • Earthquakes — Information on the basics of earthquakes. (British Geological Survey)
  • Earthquakes: The Rolling Earth — slide-show type presentation (Oregon State University)
  • EarthScope Resources for Students & Teachers — Animations, online lectures, visualizations and more, mostly from IRIS. (EarthScope)
  • Education & Outreach Software — Downloadable software to manipulate seismograms and for visualization. (Binghamton Univ Geological Sciences)
  • Essentials of Geology Animations — A collection of animations describing concepts of geology (W.W. Norton and Company)
  • Global Earthquake Explorer, The — easy tool for non-seismologists to retrieve, display and analyze seismic data (Univ. of South Carolina, IRIS)
  • High Quality Earthquake Animations — Simulations of earthquake ruptures that were run on the supercomputers at Caltech's Center for Advanced Computing Research (USGS)
  • How Earthquakes Work — description of the basics (How Stuff Works)
  • Human Wave (PDF) — learn about the motions of P & S waves with a fun participating exercise (USGS)
  • Ideas for Activities Using Live Seismograms — ideas for how to use real-time earthquake information in the classroom (USGS Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory)
  • Incorp. Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS) Educator Webpages — resources and opportunities for educators (Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS))
  • Listening to Earthquakes — music and earthquakes have something in common! (USGS)
  • Living in Earthquake Country-Teaching Box — Explores how and why earthquakes cause damage, seismic waves, the ability of scientists to predict the likelihood and severity of earthquakes at specific locations, the difference between magnitude and intensity, the occurrence of earthquakes along patches of planar faults, and the potential damage caused by earthquakes such as landslides, liquefaction, or structural failure. (DLESE)
  • Living in Earthquake Country: A Teaching Box — 7 lessons with the goal of teaching students about how and why earthquakes cause damage. Explores seismic waves, the ability of scientists to predict the likelihood and severity of earthquakes at specific locations, the difference between magnitude and intensity, the occurrence of earthquakes along patches of planar faults, and the potential damage caused by earthquakes such as landslides, liquefaction, or structural failure. (DLESE)
  • Plate Tectonic Movement Visualizations — Visualizations and supporting material that can be used effectively to teach students about various geophysics topics. Visualizations include simple animations, GIS-based animated maps, paleogeographic maps and globes, as well as numerous illustrations and photos. (Carleton College/NAGT materials)
  • Podcasts by USGS about Earthquakes — Collection of USGS CoreCasts (audio) about a variety of earthquake topics and issues. (USGS)
  • Ray Tracing Animations — animations for various earth models and types of seismic reflections and refractions (Washington Univ.)
  • Savage Earth, The — slick presentation of the earthquake basics with great graphics and animations (PBS)
  • Seismic Waves — graphics to explain different types of seismic waves (UPSeis, Univ. of Michigan)
  • Seismic Waves — demonstration on different types of seismic waves (Aspire)
  • Seismographs: Keeping Track of Earthquakes — brief description on how seismographs work to locate earthquakes (USGS)
  • Seismology Teaching Resources — Educational page with seismo links, diagrams, animations, and other teaching resources. (Arizona State University)
  • Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure, An Introduction to — online companion to the textbook by Seth Stein and Michael Wysession with electronic versions of all images and access to homework problems and solutions; also includes errata (Blackwell Publishing)
  • Tracing earthquakes: seismology in the classroom — Reconstructing an ancient Chinese seismograph, a simple wave machine, and investigating earthquake-proof buildings. (Science in School)
  • Travel Time Curves — travel time graph for seismic waves (USGS)
  • Understanding Quakes — description, photos, and graphics of earthquake basics and effects of earthquakes in Turkey (The Why Files)
  • Virtual Earthquake & Other Labs — you're the scientist, and you have to locate the earthquake and determine the magnitude (Calstate LA)

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