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This is a collection of animations on dynamic earth processes: plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and seismic waves. Learners can explore the interaction of Earth's tectonic plates, view models of P and S wave propagation, study how seismographs work, monitor earthquakes and volcanoes, and get instructions for modeling earthquakes in the classroom.

See Related Items for links to editor-recommended supplementary resources on earthquakes, seismic waves, and plate collision.    

This resource is part of IRIS, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, a consortium of international laboratories and data collection centers.

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Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Transfer of Energy in Waves
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- Geoscience
- High School
- Middle School
- Elementary School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
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= Model
= Simulation
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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© 2010 Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology
Keywords:
earthquake animation, earthquake simulation, plate tectonics, seismic waves, seismology, subduction, tsunami, volcano animation, volcano simulation
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Metadata instance created March 18, 2011 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated:
March 18, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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March 11, 2011

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4C. Processes that Shape the Earth
  • 6-8: 4C/M1. The interior of the earth is hot. Heat flow and movement of material within the earth cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and create mountains and ocean basins. Gas and dust from large volcanoes can change the atmosphere.
  • 6-8: 4C/M2a. Some changes in the earth's surface are abrupt (such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions) while other changes happen very slowly (such as uplift and wearing down of mountains).

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 6-8: 11B/M1. Models are often used to think about processes that happen too slowly, too quickly, or on too small a scale to observe directly. They are also used for processes that are too vast, too complex, or too dangerous to study.
  • 6-8: 11B/M4. Simulations are often useful in modeling events and processes.
  • 6-8: 11B/M5. The usefulness of a model depends on how closely its behavior matches key aspects of what is being modeled. The only way to determine the usefulness of a model is to compare its behavior to the behavior of the real-world object, event, or process being modeled.
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AIP Format
(IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, Washington, 2010), WWW Document, (http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach/animations).
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IRIS: Animations of Plate Tectonics, (IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, Washington, 2010), <http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach/animations>.
APA Format
IRIS: Animations of Plate Tectonics. (2011, March 11). Retrieved October 25, 2014, from IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology: http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach/animations
Chicago Format
IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology. IRIS: Animations of Plate Tectonics. Washington: IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, March 11, 2011. http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach/animations (accessed 25 October 2014).
MLA Format
IRIS: Animations of Plate Tectonics. Washington: IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, 2010. 11 Mar. 2011. 25 Oct. 2014 <http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach/animations>.
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@misc{ Title = {IRIS: Animations of Plate Tectonics}, Publisher = {IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {25 October 2014}, Month = {March 11, 2011}, Year = {2010} }
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