Science Unit 4 Assignment Earthquakes

Science Unit 4 Assignment Earthquakes - J. Ozur - SC300-02...

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J. Ozur - SC300-02 - Big Ideas in Science from Methods to Mutation - Unit 4 - Project - Earthquakes Dangerous and Natural Energy Big Ideas in Science from Methods to Mutation SC300-02 Professor Michael Atkins Submitted by: Jeffrey Ozur Date: May 17, 2011 1 | P a g e
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J. Ozur - SC300-02 - Big Ideas in Science from Methods to Mutation - Unit 4 - Project - Earthquakes 1. What patterns do you see in the distribution of earthquakes across the continental United States? When conducting research on the earthquake patterns across the United States, it becomes obvious that the majority of the earthquake activity in the continental U.S. centers on the western coastal region which includes California, Oregon, and Washington as well as the Alaskan western coastal region. This area is, according to geological scientists, one of the most active regions for earthquakes in the world as it is an area where the tectonic plates of the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate meet. Here we have what is defined by geologists as a subduction zone where the North American Plate is riding over the Pacific Plate. (Trefil & Hazen, (2007), and USGS, 05/14/2011) 2. Locate your home on this map and make a note of the relative risk to you by indicating the color where you live. The USGS also reports on earthquakes around the world. Visit this interactive map to find the latest global earthquake data from the past seven days: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/ . In researching the area where I reside, Sacramento, California, it was noted that the relative risk that are area I live in is minimal, however Sacramento, California is surrounded by regions that are very active in earthquake activity, basically on a daily basis. Nevada, which borders California to the east is active in seismic activity and has most recently experienced, in the past seven days, eleven measurable earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 2.6 to 4.1. Central California which is located to the south of Sacramento is another area that experiences considerable seismic activity and in the past seven days has experienced seven earthquakes ranging from 2.5 to 3.3 in magnitude, with the most recent, at a 3.1 magnitude 2 | P a g e
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J. Ozur - SC300-02 - Big Ideas in Science from Methods to Mutation - Unit 4 - Project - Earthquakes occurring on 05/13/2011. The region north of Sacramento, also called Northern California and the Offshore area of California are also regions that are subject to seismic activity. (USGS, 05/14/2011) 3. What patterns do you see in the distribution of earthquakes around the world? In researching the global earthquake activity for the past seven days it becomes apparent that the region called the Pacific Rim of Fire is the most active of all around the world. This area is noted for its seismic activity as four major tectonic plates converge in this region. These plates are the Pacific Plate, the Eurasian Plate, the Indo-Australian Plate, and the North American Plate. As to the distribution of
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