Activity 2: Create and Interpret Using Graphs & Cross Sections
Activity: Students plot earthquake foci on a series of cross sections, then answer a set of questions prompting them to tie observations to interpretations.
Figure 13. One of four blank cross section give to students. (Chile trench, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, India-Asia convergent margin, and San Andreas fault).
Figure 14. Students will plot earthquake foci on the cross section using figures A and C to guide them.
Figure 15. Subsurface structure, printed on transparency, is given to the students, which they will overlay on their cross section.
- Earthquake foci are related to faults faults generate earthquakes.
- Plate boundaries are faults.
- Earthquake depth and magnitude is strongly governed by tectonic setting