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Tectonics is a series of geospatial investigations designed to augment existing middle school Earth science curriculum. Students use Web GIS to investigate important tectonics concepts. The investigations include scientific practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas from the National research...
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Published in 2016
"Plate tectonics have shuffled the earth's landmasses around -- and continue to do so. What is continental drift? Anyone who's ever experienced an earthquake or seen a volcano knows that the phrase """"solid ground"""" doesn't always apply. Over Earth's long history, the great landmasses have...
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Published in 2015
This animated documentary tells the story of polar explorer Alfred Wegener, the unlikely scientist behind continental drift theory.
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2015
Tens of millions of years ago, plate tectonics set North and South America on an unavoidable collision course that would change the face of the Earth and spell life or death for thousands of species. Juan D. Carrillo explains the massive biological repercussions of this collision, which caused one...
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Published in 2010
Explore and experience the forces that shape the world around us. Most of the Earth is hot, molten metal and rock. In fact, the inhabitable part makes up less than 1% of the planet's mass.
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Published in 2013
Bob Ballard explores tectonic plates and earth's constant transformation.
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Plate tectonics is the unifying theory of Earth science and explains many of the major features of how our planet operates. It accounts for Earth's history including the distribution of life and past climate change.
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Next time you teach plate tectonics, consider a Draw With Me presentation that will engage your students and help them understand the spatial and movement aspects of plate boundary environment. This website provides illustrations that students can color to help them better learn about plate...
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"""""""""Although Alfred Wegener was not the first to suggest that continents have moved about The Earth, his presentation of carefully compiled evidence for continental drift inspired decades of scientific debate. Wegener's evidence, in concert with compelling evidence provided by post World War II...
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Published in 1990
This report contains instructions and patterns for preparing seven, 3-D paper models that schematically illustrate common earth faults and associated landforms. The faults described are: normal, reverse, right- and left-lateral strike-slip, and oblique-slip. There are also models and discussions of...
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Published in 1993
This report contains instructions and two patterns for making a terrestrial globe and a tectonic globe. The pattern or map projection is designed to be glued onto a used tennis ball. The terrestrial globe is intended to help visualize the location of the continents and oceans. The purpose of the...
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"We seldom stop to consider the true scale of many features of the Earth. This activity aims to enable students to visualize the thickness if the crust in relation to the rest of the Earth. It also helps them to appreciate the difference in depth between the oceanic crust and the continental crust....
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USGS describes the different types of plates and boundaries, and how they interact with each other.
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This website has great maps of tectonic plates and shake maps where earthquakes are likely to occur. Learn and explore everything about earthquakes.
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View the most recent events or search for past earthquakes.
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Published in 2013
This report describes how to build a model of the outer 300 km (180 miles) of the Earth that can be used to develop a better understanding of the principal features of plate tectonics, including sea-floor spreading, the pattern of magnetic stripes frozen into the sea floor, transform faulting,...
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Chapter 1 focuses on Plate Tectonics looking at the Earth's layers, Earth's evolution, and plate movement. Lessons included in this chapter: Earth's layers, Pangea to present, How Earth's Plates Move.
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The animation clips and other geo-educational items described below, are available for viewing, including: global tectonics; ice age Earth and sea level changes; regional plate tectonics, global view; NE Pacific and W North America: plate tectonic and geologic histories; geologic history of the...
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Find a variety of Flash animations, from minerals to weathering to structural geology, check out the animations on plate tectonics and there is now a new one, (see Mantle dynamics and plate tectonics) that explains how the use of seismic tomography sheds new light on the mantle convection model.
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An early continental drift model proposed that mantle convection can produce continental movement and new plate formation.
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