Publications and Educational Resources
Earthquake Science ExplainedThis new USGS publication is a series of ten short articles for students, teachers, and families. The single-page articles are written by scientists for students to read in the classroom. The articles correlate with CA Science Content Standards but introduce the ideas in ways that you probably won't find in your textbooks. The articles focus on how we study earthquakes and to the tools and technology that earthquake scientists use today. Teachers can download and distribute the articles free of charge.
California Classroom ScienceThe September issue had an article about the 1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance and its activities, pointing teachers to the website and all of the resources and activities that they should start thinking about. Look for additional details in the Nov/Dec and January issues.
- Selected publications and web sites to an established list of Science and History-Social Science content standards for California.
- Help your students learn how and why earthquakes cause damage. A virtual teaching box is a complete, integrated curriculum with classroom activities, background information, and the glue that ties it all together. You can use this teaching box's 12-18 class period curriculum off the shelf or modify it to meet your classroom's needs. Developed by a team of teachers and scientists for Grades 6-12.
- This field guide provides descriptions of places in the Bay Area to view the section of the San Andreas Fault that ruptured in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. Introductory materials include an overview of the San Andreas Fault System, geology, landscape features, and plant communities that reveal information about the underlying geology.
- Earthquake activity in California and Nevada updated in near real-time.
- Illustrated publication which provides basic information about San Francisco Bay region earthquakes (cause, history, probabilities, effects) and detailed information about how to be prepared when a major earthquake happens.
- (USGS Professional Paper 1515)
A classic USGS Publication printed in 1990 entitled "The San Andreas Fault System, California, edited by Robert E. Wallace." This book is a technical and exhaustive resource of information about the San Andreas Fault and is an essential companion to all newly-published research about the fault system.
- BAESI promotes earth science, with its multi-disciplinary approach and relevance to everyday life, as a powerful tool for attracting more students, particularly under-represented students, to the sciences. BAESI offers workshops for teachers throughout the year.
- DLESE is made up of a wide variety of searchable educational resources including lesson plans, scientific data, visualizations, interactive computer models, and virtual field trips—in short, any web-accessible teaching or learning material. The value of DLESE is in its careful descriptions of resources and services.
- A complete compendium of information about earthquakes, geology, and natural history.