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EAPS 116: Week 3 of Notes

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Date Created: 02/03/16
Lecture 5: January 26, 2016 Earthquakes: Causes and Cycles  Movement of Magma and other fluids in a volcano  Landslides  Underground testing of atomic weapons  Meteorite impacts  Formation of a new fault  Slip on an existing fault Faults  Fault – a fracture on which one body of rock slides past another.  Fault Trace (fault line) – the intersection between a fault and the ground surface.  Displacement (offset) – the amount of movement or slip across a fault plane.  Fault Scarp – a small step on the ground surface where one side of a fault has moved vertically with respect to the other.  Types of Faults - p.221 o Normal Fault – hanging wall moves downward o Reverse/Thrust Fault – hanging wall moves up o Strike-slip Fault – one block slides past another – no vertical displacement  Left-Lateral – other side of fault moved left of where you are standing  Right-Lateral – other side of fault moved right of where you are standing Forming a New Fault  Elastic bending – small cracks in earth’s surface  Cracking – growing cracks  Rupture/Sliding – through-going rupture  All caused by Friction, Stress, and Strain on a fault  Strike Slip Behavior – constant slip on a fault  Elastic Rebound Theory – the concept that earthquakes happen because stress builds up, causing rock adjacent to a fault to bend elastically until breaking and slip on a fault occurs; the slip relaxes the elastic bending and decreases stress. Earthquake Cycle  Locked vs. Freely Slipping/Creeping o Locked – part of the fault that is stuck together o Freely slipping – part of fault that is free to slip 1. Interseismic – time between earthquakes 2. Preseismic – the time before an earthquake 3. Coseismic – the time during an earthquake when fault overcomes friction and plates slide past 4. Postseismic – the time after an earthquake – earth readjusts Lecture 6: January 28, 2016 Measuring and Documenting Earthquakes  Hypocenter – where an earthquake starts  Epicenter – the surface projection of hypocenter Seismic Waves  Body Waves – pass through earth’s interior o Compression or Primary (P) Waves – fastest traveling waves o Shear or Secondary (S) Waves – motion perpendicular – through solid material only – slower than P waves  Surface Waves o Can on travel at earth’s surface o Slowest/Most Destructive Seismic Waves o AKA - Love Waves or Rayleigh Waves  For all seismic waves, energy decreases the further away they travel. Triangulation – the method for determining the map location of a point from knowing the distance between that point and three other points – used to locate an earthquake’s epicenter  The Lithosphere is Rigid while the Asthenosphere is Able to Flow.  What features might you expect to find at a divergent boundary? o Pillow basalts, hydrothermal vents and thinned lithospheric mantle  Which of the below was NOT included in an explanation of why an earthquake occurs? o A tiger  Alfred Wegener used the distribution of climatic patterns, glacial deposits, and fossils as support for continental drift.  A theory is NOT the same as a hypothesis.


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