What landscapes are hidden deep within the Earth?
Beneath the Earth’s crust lies the mysterious mantle, and beneath that, the core. Although these layers form 99% of Earth’s volume, studying them is no easy task. Dr Paula Koelemeijer, a seismologist at the University of Oxford, UK, uses seismic waves to ‘X-ray’ our planet, enabling her to build a picture of the structures that exist deep in the mantle and to interpret these in terms of the processes that have shaped our planet.
This resource introduces the work of Dr Paula Koelemeijer, a seismologist at the University of Oxford, UK. She is using earthquakes to investigate the structure of the deep Earth. It includes an interview with Paula and offers an insight into careers in seismology. It also includes an activity sheet, which contains ‘talking points’ (based on Bloom’s Taxonomy) to prompt students to reflect on Paula’s work and challenges them to build their own seismometer.