EARTH 501
Controversies in the Earth Sciences

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The New Madrid Seismic Zone is enigmatic because it has produced large earthquakes in the past, but its future is unclear. Deciding how to plan for the seismic hazard is not easy and this is compounded by the fact that large sums of money and large amounts of government intervention are involved. I want to stress that just because scientists do not agree, this does not mean that science doesn't work! The problem is that scientists and policy-makers have different training. What do you think forms the greatest barrier between science and public policy?

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If you have anything you'd like to comment on, or add to, the lesson materials, feel free to post your thoughts in the Teaching/Learning discussion! It's one of your final assignments in this lesson anyway. For example, what did you have the most trouble with in this lesson? Was there anything useful here that you'd like to try in your own classroom? Is seismic hazard a topic you and your students are interested in? Are there many well-known seismically active faults where you live? (Even if you don't think so, you could always try playing around with the seismic catalog search features we used in this lesson to find out.)