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  • In this activity, students explore tectonic movements called slow slips. They plot and interpret a graph using data from an actual event in New Zealand.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • understand the difference between earthquakes and slow slips
    • plot and interpret data on a line graph
    • explain a scientific application of GPS technology.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • discussion questions
    • student handout.

    Activity ideas

    Satellites and receiving stations play a key role in providing data about slow slips. Learn more about Earth movements, then build a satellite to monitor them and use this activity to interpret the data you receive.

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    In 2011, scientists from around the world met in Gisborne to consider how to study slow slips.

    Find out about slow slips recorded in Poverty Bay in 2010.

      Published 21 July 2007, Updated 25 July 2022 Referencing Hub articles
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