Exploring Where to Build in Earthquake Country: A Study of Liquefaction in Sand, Rock, and Soil
Grade Level: 5th - 8th; Type: Environmental Sciences
The goal of this experiment is to explore how building on different types of soil affects the relative stability of buildings in an earthquake. Students will build a shake table upon which a basin holding soil is affixed and compare how easy it is to topple a Lego structure standing on gravel, sand and clay soils. The objective of this experiment is to see first-hand how different soils affects the stability of buildings in earthquake country.
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