Plate Tectonics and People


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This lesson will last one week. In it, we'll explore some basic points about faults and earthquakes. We will also see how archaeology and solid Earth geoscience are linked.


By the end of Lesson 7 you should be able to:

  • Download, manipulate, and analyze publicly available earthquake catalog data from the Incorporated Research Institutions in Seismology (IRIS) and from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
  • Download, manipulate, and analyze publicly available geodetic data from UNAVCO.
  • Recognize different types of faults on a map.
  • Associate specific stress fields with the types of faults they produce.
  • Describe the different methods for measuring earthquake magnitudes and energies.
  • Calculate seismic energy released for a given seismic magnitude.
  • Explain the physical meaning of earthquake magnitude.
  • Construct a dataset appropriate for verifying a given empirical observation.
  • Predict the approximate timing, sizes, and areal extent of aftershocks following an earthquake of a given magnitude.

What is due for Lesson 7?

Lesson 7 will take us one week to complete: 22 - 28 Jul 2020.

The chart below provides an overview of the requirements for Lesson 7.

Lesson 7 Assignments
Requirement Submitted for Grading? Due Date
Reading discussion: Read articles and discuss them with the class Yes - Your discussion board participation counts toward your discussion grade. ongoing participation in the Canvas discussion "Delphic Oracle" 22 - 28 Jul 2020
Problem set: Greek earthquake problem set Yes - This exercise will be submitted to the "Greek earthquake problem set" assignment in Canvas. 28 Jul 2020


If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions? Discussion Forum (not e-mail). I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.