the IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology
This page offers set of interactive Flash animations on plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunami propagation. Users can explore subduction zones across the globe and learn how shifting and colliding plates result in zones which are prone to seismic and volcanic activity.
Editor's Note: Don't miss the new animation that compares the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Japan fault zones.
This resource is part of IRIS, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, a consortium of international laboratories and data collection centers.
Metadata instance created
March 18, 2011
by Caroline Hall
August 17, 2016
by Lyle Barbato
Last Update when Cataloged:
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
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.
<a href="http://www.thephysicsfront.org/items/detail.cfm?ID=10972">IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology. IRIS: Seismology Interactive Animations. Washington: IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, March 11, 2011.</a>
IRIS: Seismology Interactive Animations. (2011, March 11). Retrieved January 24, 2017, from IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology: http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach/animations/interactive
IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology. IRIS: Seismology Interactive Animations. Washington: IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, March 11, 2011. http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach/animations/interactive (accessed 24 January 2017).
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