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The first site for this Topic in Depth comes from the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences at Michigan Technological University and is called What Is Seismology? (1). The site describes the basics of seismology, the various types of waves associated with it, and even contains a link that shows you how to make your own P and S waves. Next is the Earthquakes Overview site (2), provided by The Tech Museum. Visitors can explore topics such as seismographs and waves through an informative and well done site that can be enjoyed by all age levels. The third site, from the USGS Earthquakes Hazard Program (3) Web site, contains animations of various seismic waves that gives a very clear look at what happens during an earthquake. The site also contains other relevant links worth investigating. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Seismic Waves (4) Web site provides a diagram of an earthquake wave traveling through the earth and shows how far it travels 15 seconds to 4 minutes after an earthquake event. The fifth site, called UK Macroseismology Home Page (5), explores the study of observable effects of earthquakes on people, buildings, and nature. Included are descriptions of macroseismic methods and the usefulness of macroseismic studies, among others. The Lesson Plans - High School (6) Web site offered by the Mid-America Earthquake Center contains links to several good lesson plans from various sources related to earthquakes and seismic waves. The seventh site is maintained by the Earth Ocean Atmosphere Scientific Systems company. The main page called Earthstation Library (7) offers information on several topics including a multimedia presentation on earthquakes and seismic waves. Under the Shockwave Demonstrations heading, visitors will find a link that provides a very interesting, visually stunning look at the subject. Lastly, from Earthscope comes the Earthscope Data (8) Web site, which provides a map that gives locations and links to seismic stations that give real-time seismic data from around the US.
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