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Student’s work analyzes the relationship between technology and scientific progress and discusses the limitations and codependency between these two for advancement through a discussion of earthquakes and the development of specific seismological tools.

Dangerous and Natural Energy

 

Just because something is natural does not mean it is not dangerous. Take the earth's energy as an example. Every year, hundreds and sometimes thousands of people are killed because of earthquakes and other seismic events that destroy homes, buildings, cities, and roads.

 

Begin this project by reading about earthquakes here:

1. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learning/kids/eqscience.php

2. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learning/facts.php

 

For this project, you will use the United States Geological Survey (USGS) tools to help determine if you are in danger, based upon where you live. Visit the USGS interactive map:

This displays the regions of the United States that are most likely to experience a significant earthquake in the next fifty years. The scale moves from white (almost zero risk http://gldims.cr.usgs.gov/nshmp2008/viewer.htm

) to red (very high risk).

Student’s work analyzes the relationship between technology and scientific progress and discusses the limitations and codependency between these two for advancement through a discussion of earthquakes and the development of specific seismological tools.

 

1. What patterns to you see in the distribution of earthquakes across the continental United States?

2. Locate your home on this map and make a note of the relative risk to you by indicating the color where you live. The USGS also reports on earthquakes around the world. Visit this interactive map to find the latest global earthquake data from the past seven days: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/

3. What patterns do you see in the distribution of earthquakes around the world?

4. Click on one of the earthquakes...

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