Predicting earthquakes: are we there yet?

Secondary KLA:
Educational levels:
Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10


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Ask and expert' ABC article exemplifies some creative approaches of scientists to the significant problem of predicting earthquakes. The science behind the various methods is outlined, their successes and failures and problems for possible future developments.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(SC5-13ES) explains how scientific knowledge about global patterns of geological activity and interactions involving global systems can be used to inform decisions related to contemporary issues

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU180) The theory of plate tectonics explains global patterns of geological activity and continental movement

(ACSHE158) Advances in scientific understanding often rely on developments in technology and technological advances are often linked to scientific discoveries

(ACSHE160) People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions

(ACSHE228) The values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research

(ACSIS169) Analyse patterns and trends in data, including describing relationships between variables and identifying inconsistencies

(ACSIS170) Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence

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Resource type:
Interactive Resource
ScOT topics:
Rocks, Earthquakes, Radon
File type:
ABC - Ask an Expert
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date created:
Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Resource ID: 9d86c868-c9f5-46bd-88c4-63d0100df3de