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Earthquake Mapping Project

Earthquake Mapping Project
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Introduction

The theory of plate tectonics was confirmed by the mapping of earthquakes around the world. In this classroom mapping project, you will use Google Maps to find out if your classroom mapping data also confirms the theory.


Download the Earthquake Mapping Project spreadsheet (taken from Wikipedia list of deadly earthquakes since 1990) by clicking the button at the top of this sheet. Either choose two earthquakes yourself or use the ones assigned by your teacher.

 

Then, follow these steps for each earthquake:

  • Fill in numbers 1-5 on this sheet with information about each earthquake location

  • From the spreadsheet, click on the country name, which will take you to the location of the earthquake on Google Maps.

  • Click on the map.

  • Click on the “plus sign” (+) in the lower right corner to zoom in closer.

  • Click on the “minus sign” (−) in the lower right corner to zoom out.

  • Zoom in and out until you can see where in the world the location is, and then mark it on the classroom map.

  • Answer questions 6-9.

Do the locations of all the earthquakes mapped match up with a place where tectonic plates meet (boundary)?

 

 

Earthquake #1


1. Date of Earthquake _________________________________

2. Country of Earthquake ______________________________

3. Latitude ______________________ 

4. Longitude ____________________

5. Magnitude of Earthquake _______________

6. Does your earthquake fall on or near a tectonic plate boundary? (circle one)    yes    no

7. If it does fall on a boundary, name the two (or more) plates that make up the boundary.

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

8. How many of the earthquakes mapped by the entire class fall on or near a tectonic plate boundary? ___

9. Does this data seem to confirm the tectonic plate theory? Why or why not?

 

 

Earthquake #2


1. Date of Earthquake _________________________________

2. Country of Earthquake ______________________________

3. Latitude ______________________ 

4. Longitude ____________________

5. Magnitude of Earthquake _______________

6. Does your earthquake fall on or near a tectonic plate boundary? (circle one)    yes    no

7. If it does fall on a boundary, name the two (or more) plates that make up the boundary.

_______________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

8. How many of the earthquakes mapped by the entire class fall on or near a tectonic plate boundary? ___

9. Does this data seem to confirm the tectonic plate theory? Why or why not?

  

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