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UNAVCO
Resource Type: Data Sets

Looking for interesting GPS data to use in your course? We've worked with educators and scientists to identify GPS stations that illustrate various Earth science processes. The data are the same qualty that scientists use i n their research and is an Excel readable format called CVS. By clicking...

Seismic Monitor
Resource Type: Data Sets

This site has a list of all the latest earthquakes and their date, time, magnitude, depth, location and other information.

EarthScope and the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Resource Type: Data Sets

EarthScope is a program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) that deploys thousands of seismic, GPS, and other geophysical instruments to study the structure and evolution of the North American continent and the processes that cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. It involves...

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Image Collections

A diverse collection of photographs and visuals that encompass the range and breadth of seismology and the seismological community.

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Image Collections

Photo Collection of earthquake damage around the world

National Geographic Society (NGS)
Resource Type: Image Collections

Article with picture about earthquake damage

University of Oregon (UO)
Resource Type: Image Collections

Links to photographs of different types of fault lines

Arizona State University (ASU)
Resource Type: Image Collections

Directory of Seismic Images taken by Ed Garnero

John A. Martin & Associates, Inc.
Resource Type: Image Collections

A comprehensive collection of earthquake related slides and photographs. Each item includes information on that topic, as well as photographs.

Shawn Clover
Resource Type: Image Collections

A cool gallery of photos that essentially blend pictures just after the earthquake in San Francisco with photos of the same locations today.

UNAVCO
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

USE this interactive map to see velocity vectors of North American plates, earthquakes, volcanoes, and more.

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

An interactive map that allows both recent and historical global plate boundaries to be explored. Up to 5000 quakes can be selected using various criteria. Rotate and zoom through hypocenters using the 3D viewer.

Smithsonian National museum of Natural History - Global Volcanism Program
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

The "Eruptions, Earthquakes, and Emissions" web application (or "E3") is a time-lapse animation of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes since 1960. It also shoes volcanic gas emissions (sulfur dioxide, SO2) since 1978 - the first year satellites were available to provide global...

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

The surface of the Earth is always changing. Some changes like earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, and landslides happen quickly and other changes, such as most erosional processes, happen slowly over time. It's often hard to see these changes from ground level. A much broader view is needed, and...

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

View the most recent events or search for past earthquakes.

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

This website has great maps of tectonic plates and shake maps where earthquakes are likely to occur. Learn and explore everything about earthquakes.

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

A visualization of earthquake waves traveling both through Earth's interior and radiating outward on the surface.

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

Our Earth is a dynamic planet, as clearly illustrated on the main map by its topography, over 1,500 volcanoes, 44,000 earthquakes, and 170 impact craters. These features largely reflect the movements of Earth’s major tectonic plates and many smaller plates or fragments of plates (including...

MARGINS, Columbia University
Resource Type: Presentations

Speaker Presentations on: Subduction, seismic zones, global data, plate boundaries, Cascadia and Walker Lane/Salton Trough, sediment dispersal systems, upper mantle images, lithospheric rupture

USArray
Resource Type: Presentations

Presentations concerning: Utah mine collapse, wells, Nevada earthquake

BBC
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This animated guide to earthquakes takes visitor through the workings of the Earth, from mantel and core movements to earthquake movement.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

These animations were produced for the Smithsonian Institution's HoloGlobe Exhibit which opened to the public on August 10, 1996 at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. The various data sets show progressive global change mapped onto a rotating globe and projected into space to...

BBC
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Iain Stewart looks at some of the world's most dramatic earthquakes and reveals the stories and science behind them. In seconds, these powerful forces of nature which cannot be predicted or prevented can shake a town to destruction and shift the landscape forever. We discover why quakes can last...

National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

The earthquake that struck San Francisco on April 18, 1906 remains one of the strongest and most significant earthquakes in US history. The fire that developed in its aftermath brought the city to its knees. This collection presents links to images, films, panoramas and animations about the...

American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Every minute of every day, the face of Earth changes - sometimes right before our eyes. Go inside tectonic events, watching earthquakes rumble, volcanoes explode, and land transformed. This is episode 2 of the 4-part series Faces of Earth.

UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Videos and animations from the University of California, Berkeley, Seismological Laboratory. They cover the topics:  earthquakes, shake table, earthquake preparednedd, paleoseismic trenching, earthquake early warnings, The Hayward Fault, seismometers and model demonstrations, Modeling, fault...

IRIS Earthquake Science
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

ShakeAlert is an experimental earthquake early warning system (EEW) for the West Coast of the United States and the Pacific Northwest. ShakeAlert is a product of the US Geological Survey and its partners including the California Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley,...

San Diego State University (SDSU)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

P, S, and surface wave animation.

KQED Arts
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

The Damndest, Finest Ruins examines the 1906 earthquake and fire, which burned for three days. With restored silent film footage, rare archival photographs, and the remastered voice of Enrico Caruso, it challenges the official story of what happened on those terrible days.

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Animations on volcanoes, earthquakes, Earth structure, Plate tectonics and Hazards.

WISN 12 News
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

If you heard a boom or felt your house shake, you may have experienced a frost quake.

USArray
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Seismic wavefield and tomography animations. Includes teachable moments, animations, and ground motion visualizations (GMVs). 

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Animations for key terms and concepts related to Earthquakes.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

An early model of continental drift proposed that parts of continental plates can sink into the mantle, allowing for movement.

TED-Ed
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Earthquakes have always been a terrifying phenomenon, and they’ve become more deadly as our cities have grown — with collapsing buildings posing one of the largest risks. But why do buildings collapse in an earthquake? And how can it be prevented? Vicki V. May explains the physics of why it is...

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This activity illustrates how seismic waves are used to determine the magnitude of an earthquake and to locate its epicenter. It includes tutorials as well as assessments for Teachers to give students. This site also has resources in Spanish. 

Carleton College/NAGT materials
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Find animations showing seismograph operation, tsunami, P and S Waves, earthquake focus versus epicenter, and actual footage of an earthquake.

California Academy of Sciences, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

What are earthquakes? Get a new perspective on these powerful phenomena with this collection of videos and infographics co-presented by the California Academy of Sciences and KQED. You'll learn why earthquakes happen, how they've shaped the Bay Area, and what you can do to prepare for the next...

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

QuickTime animations from computer models of earthquakes.

KQED San Francisco, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

In this video from QUEST produced by KQED, find diagrams of plate tectonics and look at the SAFOD earthquake study in Parkfield. Also find information about the ELARMS earthquake alarm system and how it might help people in earthquake-prone areas. This video is also available in both English and...

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Animation that helps figure out the magnitude of earthquakes. Students receive information on length, depth, and slip of different earthquakes. They can "create" an earthquake and guess what magnitude it will be, then are given information and pictures of the correct answer. Requires Adobe Flash...

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

From the PBS series, `Savage Earth,` find a variety of Flash animations dealing with earthquakes, volcanism, and tsunamis.

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Subduction-zone megathrust earthquakes, the most powerful earthquakes in the world, can produce tsunamis through a variety of structures that are missed by simple models. These include fault boundary rupture, deformation of overlying plate, splay faults and landslides. In this animation we...

Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

A series of animations which show the way that seismic shear waves propagate through the mantle of the Earth from an earthquake. A series of animations is represented here, which show the way that seismic waves propogate through the mantle of the earth from an earthquake. Because of the...

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This simplified animation illustrates both the subduction-zone processes that lead to a "ghost forest" as well as the evidence that scientists collected to determine that the Pacific Northwest has had many great earthquakes and tsunamis in the past, and will again inthe future. This is based on...

University of Illinois extension
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers are all powerful forces that work to reshape our wornd. These forces have changed the world dramatically and are even wat work today. You can explore this website to learnthe amazing science behind earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers. Along the exploration,...

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This animation shows that GPS can record the movement of the leading edge of the overlying continental plate in a subduction zone. The plates are locked and the overlying plate is forced back. When friction is overcome and strain is released, the GPS receiver will snap back toward its original...

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

The Seismology data visualization tool to explore real-time earthquake data as a function of time, magnitude, and depth. This interactive tool displays real-time earthquake data from the USGS and historical data from 1898 to 2012. Users can also juxtapose plate tectonic boundaries, geologic...

UNAVCO, Inc.
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

UNAVCO has a number of hands-on demonstrations to use at informal and formal group events like school visits, museum presentations, science days, or farmers markets.  This video shows a demonstration we have illustrating how seasonal fluctuations in the storage and recharge of groundwater near...

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Short-segment video lectures to give rudimentary background information on the Earth and plate tectonics to teach how earthquakes happen and how they are studied. The video lecture series was intended for middle-school Earth-science teachers, but principles can be understood by the general...

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Dimetrodon skeleton
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PBS Eons

Join hosts Hank Green, Kallie Moore, and Blake de Pastino as they take you on a journey through the history of life on Earth. from the dawn of life in the Archaean Eon through the Mesozoic Era -- the so-called "Age of Dinosaurs" -- right up to the end of the most recent Ice Age.

Tornado in Dimmitt Texas 1995
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National Geographic

Tornadoes, nearly three-quarters of which occur within the US, are unpredictable and can cause massive damage. New tools and data are helping scientists learn more about when they might form and what paths they might take.

Artist conception of a Mars Exploration Rover
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National Geographic

Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, has been a source of intrigue throughout human history. Recent NASA exploratory expeditions revealed some of the planet's biggest mysteries. This video explains what makes Mars so different fro mEarth and what would happen if humans lived there.

North American crustal plates and earthquake epicenters
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National Geographic

Plate tectonics have shufled the earth's landmasses around -- and continue to do so. What is continental drift? Anyone who's ever experienced an earthquake or seen a volcano knows that th ephrase "solid ground" doens't always apply. Over Earth's long history, the great landmasses have...

Coral fish and diver
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National Geographic

Oceans serve as the planet's largest habitat and also help to regulate the global climate. But why is the ocean salty? And how is climate impacting the ocean? Find out more about the ocean, including the consequences of and potential solutions to these changes.

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