Issue of The Earth Scientist devoted to Earthquake Hazards and Seismology

The most recent issue of The Earth Scientist, on Earthquake Hazards and Seismology, is openly available! http://www.nestanet.org/cms/sites/default/files/journal/Spring11.pdf

The Spring 2011 issue of TES is openly available to everyone, thanks to the generosity of the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Consortium. IRIS has partnered with NESTA to produce this special issue, in which you will find a collection of five invited articles that showcase the complexity and wealth of new teaching opportunities that exist within seismology education.

The first article informs us of a newly discovered mode of fault behavior called Episodic Tremor and Slip. The next article tells how you can successfully teach the concept of Episodic Tremor and Slip in the Middle School Classroom yielding new understandings of subduction zones. The third article shares information regarding the USArray, a collection of high-precision seismometers which is providing visualizations of seismic waves, thus providing rich visual reinforcement of what is known about seismic wave properties. This is followed by an article which deals with the wide array of student held "alternative" conceptions about geophysics and how some of their ideas persist, despite instruction. The final article shows how, in the classroom, you can examine and model the causes of intraplate earthquakes, such as those along the New Madrid Seismic Zone, in the central USA.