What is UPSeis?

UPSeis (pronounced "up size") is a program created to teach young people (and not-so-young people) more about the planet we live on and how it works.

The UPSeis program is divided into two parts: this web site and a school program. In the UPSeis web site, we'll be talking mostly about the science of seismology and earthquakes: where they happen, why they happen, and what kinds of problems they cause. We'll tell you things you may already know and some stuff you may have never thought about.

The second part of the program takes place in the schools of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. A portable seismometer is rotated through various schools so that students and their teachers can see where and when earthquakes happen all over the world. The first school to have use of the seismometer was Houghton Middle School in Houghton, Michigan. The seismometer was installed in one of the school's classrooms during the spring of 1996, then moved back to the Quincy Mine (Hancock, MI) where it had spent the winter of 1995-96. The seismometer was put back in Houghton Middle School a few weeks ago and has recorded sevral nice earthquakes.

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This site was originally created by:
Michele M. Wood, an alum of Michigan Tech

This site is currently maintained by:
Carol Asiala <cjasiala@mtu.edu>
Dr. Wayne Pennington
Dean, College of Engineering
Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
1400 Townsend Drive
Michigan Technological University,
Houghton, MI, 49931-1295