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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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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 2016
What are earthquakes? Get a new perspective on these powerful phenomena with this collection of videos and infographics co-presented by the California Academy of Sciences and KQED. You'll learn why earthquakes happen, how they've shaped the Bay Area, and what you can do to prepare for the next one.
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Published in 2017
Shelley Olds presents an introduction to using the UNAVCO Velocity Viewer. Check out how to engage students using this tool to explore ground motion and earthquakes!
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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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Published in 2014
In this episode of MinuteEarth, we discover that the deeper we go underground, the hotter it gets. It also examines the accurate and inaccurate aspects of Lord Kelvin's (Sir William Thompson) theory of why the center of the Earth is hot.
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Published in 2007
In this video from QUEST produced by KQED, find diagrams of plate tectonics and look at the SAFOD earthquake study in Parkfield. Also find information about the ELARMS earthquake alarm system and how it might help people in earthquake-prone areas. This video is also available in both English and...
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Watch an animation and read the main ideas about the cause of sea floor spreading and its effects.
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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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By TED-Ed
Published in 2016
North America didn't always have its familiar shape, nor its famed mountains, canyons, and plains: all of that was once contained in an unrecognizable mass, buried deep in Rodinia, a huge supercontinent that lay on the surface of the Earth. Peter J. Haproff explains how it took millions of years and...
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This geonarrative highlights six volcanoes in the western United States: Yellowstone, Three Sisters, Crater Lake, Medicine Lake, Lassen Peak, and Mammoth Mountain. Each volcano has been studied extensively, and the resulting geologic maps are the products of years of field mapping and laboratory...
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Published in 2006
Our Earth is a dynamic planet, as clearly illustrated on the main map by its topography, over 1,500 volcanoes, 44,000 earthquakes, and 170 impact craters. These features largely reflect the movements of Earth’s major tectonic plates and many smaller plates or fragments of plates (including...
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2016
At 8,850 meters above sea level, Qomolangma, also known as Mount Everest, has the highest altitude on the planet. But how did this towering formation get so tall? Michele Koppe peers deep into our planet's crust, where continental plates collede, to find the answer.
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Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Researchers at NOAA developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool to help illustrate...
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Published in 1998
"Here is the original Virtual Cave, devoted to the astounding variety of nature's handiwork found in solution caves, those dissolved out of solid rock by acidic waters. Most solution caves are found in carbonate rocks (limestone, dolomite, or marble) or gypsum. They may occur in sandstones, since...
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Published in 2015
This video describes the features geologists use to classify common types of volcanoes. We compare and contrast the features of two types of large volcanoes - shield volcanoes and composite volcanoes. One of these types produces structures that can be larger than Mount Everest while the other...
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The goal of the PaleoMap Project is to illustrate the plate tectonic development of the ocean basins and continents, as well as the changing distribution of land and sea during the past 1100 million years. In the Earth History section of this website are full-color paleogeographic maps showing the...
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By UNAVCO
Published in 2017
UNAVCO has a number of hands-on demonstrations to use at informal and formal group events like school visits, museum presentations, science days, or farmers markets. This video shows a demonstration we have illustrating how seasonal fluctuations in the storage and recharge of groundwater near faults...
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