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The EarthByte Group in the School of Geosciences of The University of Sydney is one of the world's leading research groups for global and regional plate tectonics reconstructions and for studying the interplay between the deep earth and surface processes.The GPlates Portal is a gateway to a series...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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"This 2-week lesson plan uses a variety of activities to provide an engaging unit on the Solid Earth -, from an overview of the layers, to details of crustal processes, especially plate tectonics. Activities included are (1) a lab on density and differentiation, (2) an activity on understanding the...
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Folds with inclined fold axis are called plunging folds. Determining the plunge and plunge direction can be a quite tricky task, if the exposure is 2-D. The models illustrate the difficulties that arise in the interpretation of the map pattern of plunging folds. You will find out that the map of a...
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"In this activity, students will put together continent puzzle pieces and answer questions on Pangea, continental drift, and fossil rock evidence. To download, click the """"""""View This Resource"""""""" button on the right."
Grade Level   6 7 8
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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...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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This assessment on plate tectonics lists sub-ideas (core knowledge and information), as well as performance percentages for students in grades 6-8 and 9-12. The assessment also lists common misconceptions the students had regarding the subject material. Categories include the outer layer of the...
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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...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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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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Sample questions and answers from the GEOSC 20 Final Exam in 1996
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The apparatus consists of a heavy object that is dragged steadily with an elastic cord. Although pulled with a constant velocity, the heavy object repeatedly slides and then stops. A small vibration sensor, attached to a computer display, graphically monitors this intermittent motion. This...
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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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"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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By UNAVCO
USE this interactive map to see velocity vectors of North American plates, earthquakes, volcanoes, and more.
Grade Level   12
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Convection is the density-driven movement of a fluid material. Often, convection is driven by either heating from below or cooling from above the fluid. When a liquid is heated, it expands slightly, which makes it less dense. The fluid with lower density rises up, in the same way that a party...
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In this activity, you will use a computer model, Seismic Explorer, to examine patterns of earthquakes below Earth's surface and relate earthquakes to plate boundaries and movement.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Faults are one of the most impressive and beautiful structures arising from deformation of the earth's crust; we are not, of course, biased! Determining the slip-direction and the total displacement is often not an easy task. Slickensides are useful shear sense indicators, but generally cannot be...
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These two models illustrate typical structures developed in fold and thrust belts. The models can be made out of one single piece of paper, but we decided to split each model into two parts for easier model building. Contains two models: fault-propagation fold and fault-bend fold.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Students create a tasty model that illustrates plate tectonic motions. They learn how Earth's tectonic plates (lithosphere) ride atop the slow flowing asthenosphere layer. At the end of the experiment, students will understand how plates interact t their boundaries.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Explore how plates move on the surface of the Earth. Change temperature, composition, and thickness of plates. Discover how to create new mountains, volcanoes, or oceans.
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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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