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Plate Tectonic Movement Visualizations part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Visualizations
This section provides access to a wide array of visualizations and supporting material that can be used effectively to teach students about plate tectonic movements. Visualizations include simple animations, GIS-based animated maps, paleogeographic maps and globes, as well as numerous illustrations and photos. This collection is not exhaustive but does represent some of the best sources for teaching.

Oceans Socratic Questioning part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Socratic Questioning:Examples
Oceans Socratic questions and answers. -

Order It Up! part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lectures:Examples
A think-pair-share activity which involves putting solar system bodies in order based on various statistics: escape velocity, distance from the sun, mass, etc. -

Gallery Walk Questions about Volcanism part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Gallery Walks:Examples
created by Mark Francek, Central Michigan University The following are potential questions that could be used in a gallery walk activity about volcanism. The questions are organized according to the cognitive ...

ConcepTest: Western U.S. Volcanoes and Earthquakes #3 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The map below shows the plate configurations along the western margin of North America. Near which of the locations would we be most likely to find a strike-slip fault? a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E

ConcepTest: Western U.S. Volcanoes and Earthquakes #4 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The map below shows the plate configurations along the western margin of North America. Five million years in the future, sites represented by which pair of letters will NOT have moved closer together? a. A & C ...

ConcepTest: Western U.S. Volcanoes and Earthquakes #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The map below shows the plate configurations along the western margin of North America. At which of the locations would we be most likely to find the epicenters for deep (e.g. 300 km) earthquakes? a. A b. B c. C d. ...

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #3 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map below and answer the question that follows. Location B is moving approximately toward the ___________. a. south b. west c. north d. east

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #4 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map below and answer the question that follows. Where would you be most likely to find the epicenter of a deep (more than 300 km) earthquake? a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #5 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map and answer the question that follows. What is the largest type of volcano that is present near C and D? a. stratovolcano b. cinder cone c. shield volcano

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #6 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map and answer the question that follows. What type of volcano would be most likely to form at location B? a. stratovolcano b. cinder cone c. shield volcano

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #7 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map below and complete the statement that follows. The uppermost part of a subduction zone can be found nearest to ____. a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #8 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map below and answer the question that follows. Where is the youngest lithosphere? a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #9 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map below and answer the question that follows. Which location is over the thickest section of lithosphere? a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #10 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map below and answer the question that follows. Which location is over the thinnest section of lithosphere? a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E

ConcepTest: Worldwide Tectonic Portrait #6 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The schematic cross sections below illustrate four models of relative plate motions and plate boundary geometry. Which of the cross sections best represents the characteristics of the plate boundary at location 6 ...

ConcepTest: Western U.S. Volcanoes and Earthquakes #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The map below shows the plate configurations along the western margin of North America. At which of the locations would we be most likely to find active volcanoes? a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E

ConcepTest: Relative Plate Motion part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the figures below most accurately represents the relative plate motions for the Juan de Fuca and North American plates? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Location of Shallow Earthquakes part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Two ocean basins of identical size are almost surrounded by continents. The oceanic lithosphere below Ocean A is bordered by plate boundaries. The sea floor under Ocean B has a plate boundary running along its ...

ConcepTest: Plate Motion and Effect on Cities #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and identify which pair of locations is moving closer together as a result of plate tectonics. a. Bombay and Sydney b. Hawaii and Tokyo c. New York and London d. Cape Town and ...



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