Now that we know earthquakes and volcanoes are the biggest sources of tsunamis, let's find on a map of the world where these tsunamigenic danger zones are located.
You do NOT need to submit the following activity, but doing it will help you visualize where the greatest potential tsunamigenic areas are on the globe. This will aid your thinking about your culminating assignment for this lesson.
- Print out the world map below by clicking on it and printing the resulting window. This map has the three types of plate boundaries marked on it.
Credit: Oregon State University
- Remembering that water and vertical motion are the essential ingredients for tsunamis, find the convergent plate boundaries adjacent to oceans and you've found the most likely sources for tsunamigenic earthquakes. Mark these plate boundaries on your map.
- Now, look at the world map below. It has plate boundaries (black lines) and active volcanoes (red dots) plotted on it. On your map that you have printed out, mark the locations of active volcanoes near oceans.
- Observe your map and think about the following:
- Which of the world's coastlines are most at risk for tsunamis? Does this shed light on where today's tsunami warning systems exist already?
- What tsunamigenic sources would affect the Atlantic coastlines? Where are they located?
Submitting your work
There is nothing to submit for this assignment. However, feel free to post any questions or thoughts you may have about this activity to the Questions? Discussion Board in Canvas.