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View Resource Balanced Cross Sections and Retrodeformation

In this exercise, students investigate the use of balanced cross sections and retrodeformation to study faults that do not break the surface and their application to tectonics, folding, and earthquake hazards. Introductory materials explain how to construct geologic cross-sections, the idea of balance in a cross-section, and the concept of retrodeformability, whether or not the structures seen in...

View Resource Earthquake Hazards Program: Frequently Asked Questions

This frequently-asked-questions feature deals with the relationship between earthquakes, faults, and plate tectonics; myths about earthquakes; effects and experiences; preparedness; and many other topics. The page includes a collection of links which may aid in geology instruction.

View Resource Plate Tectonics: The Scientist Behind the Theory

The scientific community does not always embrace every new idea that comes along. Alfred Wegener, the scientist who first proposed the theory of continental drift, learned that the hard way. This video segment shows how Wegner developed his theory by using multiple lines of evidence, and chronicles the less-than-enthusiastic reponse of the geologic community in the early twentieth century. It...

View Resource Digital Geology of Idaho

This online course systematically divides Idaho's geology into 15 individual teaching modules which correspond with a two-credit, 15-week classroom course. Each module covers a specific area or type of geology in the state of Idaho. Topics include geology of basement rocks, rocks and geology of the Belt Supergroup, tectonic regimes, and geologic history. There are also modules on rocks and...

View Resource Earthquakes and Volcanoes

This unit provides an introduction for younger students on earthquakes, volcanoes, and how they are related. Topics include evidence of continental drift, types of plate boundaries, types of seismic waves, and how to calculate the distance to the epicenter of an earthquake. There is also information on how earthquake magnitude and intensity are measured, and how seismic waves can reveal the...

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