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Educator Resource: Field Trip

Seismic Signatures

Explore the properties of waves, listen to seismic resonances, and then use real data from Sanford Lab tiltmeters to evaluate an earthquake that occurred on the other side of the world.
Level
Upper Elementary
Time required
~1 hour

At the Sanford Underground Research Facility scientists constantly monitor movement of the rock mass using several different kinds of instruments. These measurements are vitally important to ensure the safety of those working underground. It also results in valuable data about how rock is affected by natural events and human activity. Students will explore the properties of waves and use real data from the Sanford Lab tiltmeters to evaluate an earthquake that occurred on the other side of the world.