For the last fifteen years, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) along with other federal agencies, private foundations, and universities have invested close to $100 million in the development of the Global Seismographic Network (GSN) (Butler, 1994) and its associated data collection facilities. The GSN has resulted in a bonanza of new discoveries for the scientific research community. We now exploit this scientific resource also for educational purposes, by making data from the GSN accessible (both mechanically and conceptually) to the general public through museum exhibits.

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