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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 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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This activity creates a mini globe that shows the major plate boundaries of the world. It provides each student with his or her own physical model of the Earth's plates and helps teach how hard it is to accurately portray a sphere (three-dimensional) on a flat map (two-dimensional). Students will...
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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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Published in 1994
Students often ask how scientists know that the continents have moved. This activity about the apparent wandering of the North Pole provides good evidence that the continents do indeed move.
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Using a pupil model to demonstrate the slab pul is the main plate-driving force. Considering the different processes likely to be driving plate movement by use os a student model.
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Hand modelling of compression, tension, and shear in the Earth. A class activity to help pupils to visualize types of stress in the Earth through modelling with their hands.
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This activity can be used as one means of explaining isostasy, in the context of the Earth's structure and its surface relief. Students will model the principle of isostasy with wooden blocks.
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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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By GeoBlox
Layers of the ocean crust are demonstrated through this paper model.
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This website is a great resource for students when learning about plate tectonics. It contains different readings and activities throughout to help students grasp the concept of plate tectonics.
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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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Published in 1997
This report illustrates how dinosaurs may have become extinct as a result of an asteroid impact. Students will better understand the mass extinctions that have been part of the Earth's history. Included are templates for making two paper models, instructions for their assembly, and a discussion of a...
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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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Published in 2006
In this lesson, students are introduced to the theory of plate tectonics and explore how the theory was developed and supported by evidence. Through class discussion, videos, and activities, students seek connections between tectonic activity and geologic features and investigate how the theory of...
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