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Every year the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory holds an open house in which scientists share their studies and really let the public see what and how they do what they do Scientists at this research center are working together studying different fields of the Geologic sciences ranging from Oceanography Geochemistry Seismology and even Marine Biology share their findings with the public This year like every other year they set up deferent exhibits and share the current research studies and illustrations of the different Geologic processes along with their findings with anybody who is interested For this assignment we were asked to describe five of the exhibits from the LDEO open house The five exhibits that called my attention the most were the Seismology Geochemistry Oceanography Demonstration of Hard and Soft behavior of the surface of our and the Water Current Exhibit 1- Seismology in simple terms is the study of earthquakes it involves observations of natural ground vibrations and artificial vibrations In this exhibit the scientists were explaining how and earthquake forms and how it can be detected even hundreds of miles away via a Seismograph Someone asked the question what is an earthquake And the response was well its a trembling or shaking of the ground causes by a sudden release of energy energy that is stored in the rocks beneath the surface I thought that was great so then I asked how is this energy stored And his explanation was very well illustrated by a simple demonstration There sere two bricks joined together by a rubber band at the end of the first brick there was a nylon thread which was being pulled slowly He said imagine these two bricks are two plates floating on the mantle as one moves slowly it is pulling the rubber band that is attached to the other brick and tension is building over time then very sudden and quickly the rubber band pulls the brick behind
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