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This is a collection of short informational videos on dynamic Earth processes, developed to teach how earthquakes happen and why they are studied. The videos explore tectonic plate motion, elastic rebound, fault models, types of boundaries, locating earthquake epicenters, seismic wave paths, and more.

Editor's Note: Don't miss the three narrated demonstrations of seismic resonance (a primary factor that causes buildings to fall during earthquakes). These videos feature a seismologist who demonstrates the concept in unique ways......using spaghetti noodles, manila folder strips, and boxes atop dowel rods.

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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P waves, S waves, plate tectonics, plate tectonics videos, seismic waves, seismology, subduction, surface waves
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Metadata instance created March 18, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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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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(IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, Washington, 2010), WWW Document, (http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach/videos).
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IRIS: Videos on Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes, (IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, Washington, 2010), <http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach/videos>.
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IRIS: Videos on Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes. (2011, March 11). Retrieved October 23, 2014, from IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology: http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach/videos
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IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology. IRIS: Videos on Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes. Washington: IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, March 11, 2011. http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach/videos (accessed 23 October 2014).
MLA Format
IRIS: Videos on Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes. Washington: IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, 2010. 11 Mar. 2011. 23 Oct. 2014 <http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach/videos>.
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