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Textbook: Although there is no textbook for this course, several copies of various editions of Bolt's book on Earthquakes and the Deckers' book on Volcanoes are available on reserve in Herrick Library.

Date Time period / Developments Problems to be addressed Earthquakes or Volcanoes Reading Problem
18-Jan Global_Seismology_Poster en.pdf
23-Jan Before 1811 What is an Earthquake?
Where and when did it occur?
1755 Lisbon, Portugal
1755 Boston (Cape Ann)
1783 Calabria, Italy
lyell-v1-ch24 en.pdf
lyell-v1-ch25 en.pdf
Visual Representation in Eighteenth-Century Earthquake Studies en.pdf
25-Jan 19th Century What are seismic waves?
What can we learn from them?
How can we detect / measure them?
1811-12 New Madrid
1886 Charleston
New Madrid EQ Sequence
20 Cool Fact about NMSZ
1886 Charleston EQ circ_985.pdf
30-Jan 1906 San Francisco Earthquake What happens to a city in an EQ? 1906 San Francisco Lawson commission report Vol I Part I en.pdf
Lawson commission report Vol I Part II en.pdf
Lawson commission report Vol II en.pdf
1-Feb Elastic Rebound How did the 1906 EQ occur?
When will we hava another?
Elastic Rebound
6-Feb 1906 -1950 Internal Structure of the Earth
Measure size of an earthquake
8-Feb 1950 - 1964 Locate underground nuclear tests Triangulation
13-Feb Focal Plane Solutions Determine motion on a fault
Distinguish EQs from bomb tests
1964 Alaska Alaska 1964 Regional effects pp_543_i.pdf
Alaska 2002 earthquake.pdf
Interpreting Seismograms
15-Feb 1964 - 1973 Sea Floor Spreading
20-Feb Graded Learning Opportunity
22-Feb Plate Tectonic Paradigm TDP booklet.pdf
27-Feb Faults and Plate Boundaries seismicity_hr.pdf
1-Mar US Earthquakes and Seismic Risk US_seismicity.pdf
6-Mar Break
8-Mar Break
13-Mar Earthquakes in NE and in NY Aggawal&Sykes.pdf
Barstow C-L fault.pdf
NE EQs fs-0006-01.pdf
15-Mar Earthquake Prediction 1971 Blue Mountain Lake GKGilbertEQs.pdf
Science-1973-Scholz-803-10.pdf ScholzEQPrediction
20-Mar The Great L.A.Earthquake   The Great L.A.Earthquake
22-Mar Loma Prieta & Himalayas 1989 Loma Prieta Loma Prieta 1045
27-Mar Simulation of EQ prediction
29-Mar Tsunami 2004 Sumatra
2011 Japan
BoxingDay Sumatra 20041226.pdf
2011-04-07 Japan EQ.pdf
3-Apr Graded Learning Opportunity
5-Apr Historic Volcanoes Vesuvius
10-Apr How do rocks melt? PlagFracXlation.pdf
Phase Diagrams
12-Apr Ridge Volcanoes
17-Apr Subduction Zone Volcanoes
19-Apr Mount St. Helens MSH bull_1383_c.pdf
MSH fs2005-3045.pdf
Mount St. Helens 1980 pp 1250.pdf
pp_1250 Plate 1 en.pdf
24-Apr Krakato, Tambora and Toba
26-Apr Hot Spot Volcanoes   pp_537_e Kilauea .pdf
1-May Volcanoes and Climate Robock Volcanoes Climate1998.pdf
Robock Volcanoes Climate 2013 EOS.pdf
GISP volcanic events 7000 yr.pdf
3-May Final 3:30 - 5:30 PM


There will be two one-hour-long Graded Learning Opportunities, each worth 25% of your grade, and a two-hour Final Graded Learning Opportunity, worth 50% of your grade. Exams will try to probe your understanding and comprehension of the material. (See Learning Outcomes.)

This syllabus represents my plan for the semester as of the first day of the semester. It is subject to change at my discretion. If you desire to see it modified to include additional material, or omit material which you believe has been adequately covered in some other course, please bring this to my attention as soon as possible.

Please note that attendance is not required. If you attend class, it is expected that you are there to learn what is being discussed. Therefore, if you need to write a paper, surf the web, text message your friends, or engage in other activities which are not part of our classroom discussion, please do not come to class.

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