Modern seismology has rapidly passed the level of many educational displays. While seismologists almost exclusively use digital data, the traditional pen and ink drum recorder remains the mainstay of many educational seismology exhibits in museums. Although a drum recorder retains several major advantages, such as familiarity and visual appeal, it also has several clear disadvantages, both technical and educational. Chief among the technical disadvantages are the poor data quality of many museum displays due to high noise levels and the difficulty and cost of replacing paper, pens, and ink on a routine basis. The use of a drum recorder also...

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