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WORLD GEOLOGY
Purpose: By now, you have learned that earthquakes and volcanoes occur at or near
plate boundaries. You will plot data of real-time earthquakes and volcanoes on the map
provided. You will, from that data, determine the location of at least 7 tectonic plates.
Also, you will label the plate boundaries as convergent, divergent, or transform.
Procedure: Over the next six weeks, you will plot 100 geologic events in the world. 75 of
these should be earthquakes, and 25 should be volcanoes. These events must occur in at
least 20 different countries. Use the links provided on the Earth Systems blog to help you
locate them.
On your map, use the following key to identify each event:
Use asterisks (*) of the following colors to ID earthquakes:
Magnitude
Color
1–3
3.1 – 4
4.1 – 5
5.1 – 6
6.1 and up
Brown
Black
Blue or Purple
Green
Orange
For Volcanoes: Use solid Red Triangles (make them small so you have room to put other
volcanoes and earthquakes in the same area).
In addition to your plot of earthquakes and volcanoes, you need to keep a handwritten
list of the earthquakes and volcanoes. Your list should have the following:
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
The date you found the information.
The date of the event
The place of the event (City and Country)
If an earthquake, its magnitude (on the Richter scale)
If a volcano, its type (shield, cinder cone, composite)
Your completed map, list of events, and description of plate boundaries will be due
on Friday, March 28th. Completed assignment turned in early will earn you bonus
points. Everyday early (up to ten days prior to the due date) will earn you a 5 point bonus
(up to 50 bonus points!)
When: Any time you are finished with the days assignment/activity, show me your
completed work and you can go to a computer, sign on, and look for events. You may
also work on this anytime outside of class of course. It’s due on March 28th… do not
wait until March 27th to begin this assignment!
Grading:
200 points total
100 points: 100 events, appropriately listed and plotted
50 points: 2.5 points for each country used
35 points: 5 points for each appropriately drawn tectonic plate
15 points: 5 points for each type of boundary correctly identified
up to 50 point bonus: 5 for each day turned in early (up to 10 school days prior to due
date)
March 14: 50
March 17: 45
March 18: 40
March 19: 35
March 20: 30
March 21: 25
March 24: 20
March 25: 15
March 26: 10
March 27: 5
March 28: No bonus (this is the due date)
March 29 and beyond: NO CREDIT FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT!
NOTE: Your list must be different than everyone else’s list. If your list looks a lot like
others’ lists, you will not get credit for this project.
NOTE: YOU DO NOT WANT A ZERO FOR THIS PROJECT ASSIGNMENT.
REMEMBER, PROJECTS COUNT 30% OF YOUR GRADE. THIS IS A GREAT
OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE YOUR GRADE!! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT!