Friday, March 14, 2008


A tiltmeter is instrument designed to measure very small changes from the horizontal level of the ground. This usually measures on the ground for earthquakes or volcanoes. It will also measure in structures such as dams to make sure the water level doesn’t change dramatically. I will tell you how the instrument works, what information it measures, and how this instrument is helpful to scientists studying earthquakes. This instrument helps many people and objects in daily life.

The tiltmeter works in a very unique way. The modern and new electric tiltmeter is slowly replacing the old and not precise tiltmeters. This new instrument uses a simple bubble-level principle. This works because an arrangement of electrodes senses the exact position of the bubble in the electrolytic solution. The precision of this machine is dead on. If the land has any horizontal change, this tiltmeter will catch it. It uses a data logger to keep track of the movement. This new design is really insensitive to temperature so if it is cold or warm your chances of getting the right data are great. Some tiltmeters that are not up to date, but are a little useful for normal people is the long-tube tiltmeter. This consists of two pots and a tube and some water. Any change in tilt would be registered by a difference in fill-mark of one pot compared to the other. A tiltmeter measures horizontal tilt in the land. That’s how it gets its name. It is useful in structures because it measures the slightest tilt so if a building was slowly tilting, people would be notified so no damage would be done. This instrument is useful to scientists because it can help predict earthquakes. They can study what happens before, during, and after the earthquake, it can also tell if the land is slowly tilting or moving. This is how a tiltmeter works, measures, and is useful to scientists.

The tilmeter is a very useful instrument to a lot of people. It can help modern day people and high tech scientists. Maybe someday it will help by using all of its data and predict when earthquakes will happen. Know you know how a tiltmeter works, what it measures, and how it helps scientists. Maybe someday you will use this instrument in the future.


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Anonymous said...

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