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1 Earthquakes and Volcanoes

2 Chapter 12: Section 1 How and Where Earthquakes Happen
1. earthquake a movement or trembling of the ground that is caused by a sudden release of energy when rocks along a fault move 2. elastic rebound the sudden return of elastically deformed rock to its undeformed shape = what causes earthquakes

3 B. Anatomy of an Earthquake 1
B. Anatomy of an Earthquake 1. focus - the location within Earth along a fault at which the first motion of an earthquake occurs 2. epicenter - the point on Earth’s surface above an earthquake’s starting point, or focus 3. 90% of continental earthquakes have a shallow focus. 4. Seismic Waves a. body wave a seismic wave that travels through the body of a medium b. surface wave a seismic wave that travels along the surface of a medium and that has a stronger effect near the surface of the medium than it has in the interior

4 5. Body Waves a. P wave a primary wave, or compression wave; a seismic wave that causes particles of rock to move in a back-and- forth direction parallel to the direction in which the wave is traveling b. P waves are the fastest seismic waves and can travel through solids, liquids, and gases. c. S wave a secondary wave, or shear wave; a seismic wave that causes particles of rock to move in a side-to-side direction perpendicular to the direction in which the wave is traveling



7 d. S waves are the second-fastest seismic waves and can only travel through solids.
e. Surface waves form from motion along a shallow fault or from the conversion of energy when P waves or S waves reach Earth’s surface. f. surface waves are the slowest-moving seismic waves, they can cause the greatest damage during an earthquake

8 The diagram below shows the different tectonic boundaries where earthquakes occur

9 Chapter 12 Section 2 Studying Earthquakes
1. The study of earthquakes and seismic waves is called seismology. 2. seismograph an instrument that records vibrations in the ground 3. Seismographs record three types of ground motion—vertical, east-west, and north-south.

10 B. Earthquake Measurement 1
B. Earthquake Measurement 1. magnitude a measure of the strength of an earthquake 2. While the Richter scale was widely used for most of the 20th century, scientists now prefer to use the moment magnitude scale. 3. intensity the amount of damage caused by an earthquake

11 4. The modified Mercalli scale expresses
4. The modified Mercalli scale expresses intensity in Roman numerals from I to XII and provides a description of the effects of each earthquake intensity.

12 C. Earthquake Safety 1. Before an Earthquake a. Be prepared. Keep an adequate supply of food, water, batteries, flashlights and a radio. b. Prepare an earthquake plan and discuss it with your family. c. Learn how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity in your home. 2. During an Earthquake Protect yourself from falling debris by standing in a doorway or crouching under a desk or a table.

13 3. After an Earthquake Be cautious. Check for fire and other hazards. Always wear shoes when walking near broken glass. Avoid downed power lines and objects touched by downed wires.

14 Chapter 13: Section 1 Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics
1. Some volcanic eruptions can be more powerful than the explosion of an atomic bomb. 2. The cause of many of these eruptions is the movement of tectonic plates. 3. The movement of tectonic plates is driven by Earth’s internal heat

15 B. Formation of Magma 1. magma - liquid rock produced under Earth’s surface 2. Magma can form under three conditions: #1) if the temperature of the rock rises above the melting point of the minerals the rock is composed of, the rock will melt. #2) rock melts when excess pressure is removed from rock that is above its melting point. #3) the addition of fluids, such as water, may decrease the melting point of some minerals in the rock and cause the rock to melt

16 C. Volcanism 1. volcanism any activity that includes the movement of magma toward or onto Earth’s surface 2. lava magma that flows onto Earth’s surface; the rock that forms when lava cools and solidifies 3. volcano a vent or fissure in Earth’s surface through which magma and gases are expelled 4. As bodies of magma rise toward the surface, they become larger

17 D. Major Volcanic Zones 1. A major zone of active volcanoes encircles the Pacific Ocean. a. called the Pacific Ring of Fire b. formed by the subduction plates along the Pacific coasts 2. Mid-Ocean Ridges The largest amount of magma comes to the surface where plates are moving apart at mid-ocean ridges. 3. hot spot a volcanically active area of Earth’s surface, commonly far from a tectonic plate boundary


19 Section 2 Volcanic Eruptions
A. mafic describes magma or igneous rock that is rich in magnesium and iron and that is generally dark in color (oceanic crust) B.felsic describes magma or igneous rock that is rich in feldspar and silica and that is generally light in color (continental crust) C. Magma that contains large amounts of trapped, dissolved gases is more likely to produce explosive eruptions than is magma that contains small amounts of dissolved gases

20 D. Explosive Eruptions pyroclastic material - fragments of rock that form during a volcanic eruption E. Predicting Volcanic Eruptions 1. One of the most important warning signals of volcanic eruptions is changes in earthquake activity around the volcano. 2. Before an eruption, the upward movement of magma beneath the surface may cause the surface of the volcano to bulge outward. 3. Predicting the eruption of a particular volcano also requires some knowledge of its previous eruptions

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