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Educator Resource: Curriculum Module

Seismic Science

What happens when geology and physics meet nearly one mile underground? Geophysics! Investigate waves to learn how and why rock movement is monitored at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.
Level
Middle School
Time required
Minimum of eight 50-minute sessions

Seismic waves are used in locating and studying earth movement and for determining Earth's interior structure. During this unit, students discover the link between physics and geology by: investigating wave properties and characteristics, modeling seismic waves, analyzing data related to earth movement, and exploring rheology to learn about earth materials. Students conclude by learning why, and how, rock movement is monitored at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (and other facilities around the world). 

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