Museum Display

IRIS 1997 Annual Report

Over the next four years, the museum exhibit "Earth in Motion" will travel to six of the largest science museums across the country and be viewed by more than 5 million people. The display, featured at the IRIS Workshop in Breckenridge, was developed cooperatively by the USGS Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and IRIS.

The exhibit's objective is to present earthquakes not as destructive events, but rather as signals of the geological forces that build our mountains and create our ocean basins. In other words, the exhibit seeks to develop an appreciation for earthquakes as a reminder that we are living on the thin, outer crust of a planet whose interior is still cooling.

This prototype museum display was developed as a launching point for further interest in seismology. Two handouts 'How often do Earthquakes Occur?" and "Why do Earthquakes Occur?" allow the viewer to take home the main points of the exhibit for further reference and distribution. An additional handout "Watch Earthquakes as they Occur" allows viewers to continue monitoring seismicity and learning more about earthquakes through sites on the world-wide web.