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Field Guide to the Mountain View and West Fork Areas, Stillwater Complex, Montana part of Integrating Research and Education:Montana-Yellowstone Geologic Field Guide Database:MT Field Guides
The Mountain View area of the Stillwater Complex, which is exposed on the west side of the Stillwater River valley, contains a well exposed, easily accessible section through the Ultramafic series. In this area the ultramafic cumulates have, for the most part, escaped the serpentinization common in other parts of the complex. The Basal series rocks and the lowermost ultramafic cumulates, however, have suffereed extensive alteration. The hornfels and the sill/dike complex are reasonably fresh and well exposed in the Verdigris Creek area, the site of intensive exploration for Cu/Ni sulfides. The Banded series rocks are well exposed along the mine road leading to the abandoned Mouat chromite mine, although only Lower Banded series cumulates are present in this area.

Field Guide to an Archean Transect, Eastern Beartooth Mountains, Montana-Wyoming part of Integrating Research and Education:Montana-Yellowstone Geologic Field Guide Database:MT Field Guides
The eastern Beartooth Mountains of Montana and Wyoming contain a record of crustal evolution that spans almost 1000 Ma and culminates in a major episode of crustal growth 2700-2800 Ma. The earlier record is sparse and complex as a result of extensive magmatism and intense metamorphism associated with Late Archean activity. In general, however, it appears that continental material was present in this area by roughly 3600 Ma, and that a stable continental shelf accumulated quartzites, iron-formation, and lesser amounts of pelitic to psammitic units interspersed with small volumes of mafic to silicic volcanic rocks. This cycle of accumulation was apparently terminated by an episode of granulite facies metamorphism 3300-3400 Ma, perhaps as a result of continent-continent collision....About 2800-2900 Ma, a second major cycle of crustal growth began that bears some resemblance to those associated with modern continent-ocean subduction zones....The first igneous rocks produced during this cycle were andesitic or dioritic rocks, both coarse and fine grained, that were subsequently metamorphosed to amphibolite facies....This interval is restricted by the presence of a granodioritic series (Long Lake granodiorite) that was intruded late in the kinematic cycle... (2779 Ma)...and marks the lower limit for the last major episode of regional metamorphism. The last and most volumetrically important rock produced during the cycle was the Long Lake granite. This unit composes approximately 80-90% of the eastern portion of the range and engulfs all older rock types. It appears to have been intruded about 2740 Ma....This excursion will attempt to view the evidence of these two major cycles in four main stops: (1) Hellroaring Plateau, (2) Lower Quad Creek, (3) Upper Quad Creek, and (4) Long Lake. Late Archean mafic dikes (at Beartooth Lake) will also be examined.

Mapping Plate Boundaries part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Students can discover plate boundaries by plotting different sets of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on maps. These are then stacked on the overhead projector, outlining the tectonic plates. -

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.

ConcepTest: Determining Numbers of Plates part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map and answer the question that follows. X, Y, and Z represent continental lithosphere, the blank areas represent oceanic lithosphere. How many plates are present? a. 3 b. 4 c. 5 d. 6

ConcepTest: Pacific Plate Motion part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and predict 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 ...

ConcepTest: Relative Plate Motion part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A and B represent locations on two separate plates. The curved black line represents the plate boundary. The arrows show the directions of plate motion and the rates of motion are indicated. What kind of plate ...

ConcepTest: Global Earthquake Occurrence #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the locations on the world map below is most likely to experience a deep focus earthquake? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Global Earthquake Occurrence #3 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the locations on the world map below is least likely to experience an earthquake? a. South coast of Australia b. Hawaiian Island chain c. West coast of South America d. Mid-Atlantic oceanic ridge

ConcepTest: Location of Volcanoes part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which one of these boundaries pictured in the diagrams below is least likely to have active volcanoes? A. a B. b C. c

ConcepTest: Plate Tectonic Theory part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the following statements is not consistent with plate tectonic theory? a. Continental crust is generally older than oceanic crust. b. The number of plates has changed through time. c. Mountain chains are ...

ConcepTest: Characteristics of the Ocean Floor part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
What is the relationship between age and the character of the ocean floor? Which statement is TRUE? a. Deeper regions of the ocean floor tend to be younger b. The Pacific is larger than the Atlantic because it ...

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: Worldwide Tectonic Portrait #1 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 1 ...

ConcepTest: Location of Largest 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: Location of Most Frequent 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: Tectonic Map #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map and answer the question that follows. How many plates are present? a. 3 b. 4 c. 5 d. 6

ConcepTest: Youngest Volcano part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the diagram below. The lettered objects represent volcanoes formed on an oceanic plate above a hot spot. The arrow illustrates the direction of plate motion. Which volcano is the youngest? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Oceanic Floor Width 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 ...



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