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- Describe the nature and components of earthquakes.
- Take a look at the causes of earthquakes.
- Understand how to use seismic activity to identify and study earthquakes.
- Learn about aftershocks and foreshocks.
- Discuss the use of the Richter scale to measure earthquakes.
- Explore the destruction caused by earthquakes.
1. What is an Earthquake? - Definition and Components
Earthquakes are well known for the damage and destruction they leave behind. But what is an earthquake? In this video lesson you will learn about what causes earthquakes and the various components involved in these powerful natural disasters.
2. The Causes of Earthquakes
In this video lesson you will learn what causes earthquakes and where they occur. You will also understand the theory of elastic rebound, and how this relates to movement of the earth's crust.
3. Identifying and Understanding Earthquakes Using Seismic Activity
Scientists can learn a lot about earthquakes by studying how they move ground. Using seismic activity, we can learn where an earthquake originated as well as how strong it was. In this video lesson, you will learn about seismic activity and how it relates to our understanding of earthquakes.
4. Aftershocks & Foreshocks of an Earthquake
An earthquake is not an isolated event of ground shaking. Foreshocks and aftershocks occur with most earthquakes, and in this video lesson you will learn about them and how they are part of the overall process.
5. Using the Richter Scale to Measure Earthquakes
In this video lesson, you will learn about earthquake magnitude and how it is measured. You will also learn how that relates to the amount of energy released during an earthquake, as well as how common different magnitude earthquakes are around the world.
6. Destruction Caused by Earthquakes
Earthquakes are well-known for their damage and destruction, and in this video lesson you will learn about the different types of damage that these dangerous natural disasters can cause.
7. Elastic Rebound: Definition & Theory
Did you know the same forces that cause a rubber band to snap back into shape when you stretch it cause some of the world's worst earthquakes? In this lesson, find out what elastic rebound is and why scientists study it in relation to earthquake activity.
8. Earthquake Waves: Types & Concept
This lesson will describe the main types of earthquake waves, their properties, motion, and effects--including which cause the most damage. Waves discussed include P-waves, S-waves, Rayleigh waves, and Love waves.
9. P-Waves: Definition & Velocity
Primary (P) waves are compressional seismic waves that occur during an earthquake. This lesson will cover the properties of these waves and how they have helped us understand the inner workings of the earth.
10. S-Waves: Definition & Examples
S-waves are seismic waves produced by the energy released during an earthquake. S-waves can cause intense damage to structures and are important in determining the location of the epicenter. This lesson will cover the facts about S-waves.
11. San Andreas Fault: Location, Facts & Earthquakes
This lesson covers the extremely active San Andreas Fault system in California. You'll learn some basics about the San Andreas and how earthquakes are produced along the 800-mile fault system.
12. Seismic Shadow Zone: Definition & Overview
Seismic shadow zones are areas away from the epicenter of an earthquake that seismic waves are blocked or refracted away from. This lesson will cover seismic shadow zones and discuss what they tell us about Earth's interior.
13. What is a Seismograph? - Definition, History & Facts
Read about the seismograph, what it measures, how it works, and how it has helped scientists to better understand earthquakes both in the past and today.
14. What is an Earthquake? - Definition & Explanation
Defining the word 'earthquake' is pretty easy. Understanding why they happen is a bit more complicated. This lesson will give you the information you need to understand how and why earthquakes happen, along with a few associated terms.
15. What is the Epicenter of an Earthquake? - Definition & Location
This lesson will explain what an epicenter is in the context of earthquakes, where it is located, and how that location is determined. A short quiz will follow.
16. Accretionary Wedge: Definition & Formation
Where two tectonic plates collide and one dives below the other, you'll always find accretionary wedges. Read this lesson to learn how these deposits form and what they are made of.
17. African Tectonic Plate: Facts & Movement
The African tectonic plate is one of the eight major tectonic plates on Earth. Read this lesson to learn what makes the African plate unique and how it's moving.
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