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Plate Kinematics part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend the dynamics of plate kinematics. -

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. -

Are You in a Hotspot? part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:MARGINS Mini-Lessons
This activity is a PowerPoint module designed to help students differentiate hotspot island chains from volcanic island arc systems. Using map images, students are asked to describe and differentiate the topography and geologic features of the two tectonic settings.

ConcepTest: Magnetic Polarity at Oceanic Ridge #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The figure below represents a magnetic profile across an oceanic ridge system. Which pairs of letters indicate matching intervals of reverse polarity. a. A, H b. B, G c. C, F c. G, H

ConcepTest: Axis of Ridge part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
This is part of a magnetic profile across an oceanic ridge system. The profile shows both positive and negative anomalies. Based on the symmetry of the patterns, where is the axis of the ridge located? a. A b. B c. ...

ConcepTest: Mantle Convection part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the schematic diagrams below best represents mantle convection associated with plate tectonics? a. b. c. d. e.

ConcepTest: Linear Mountain Range part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
In exploring a new planet, you discover a long, linear mountain range crossing a broad low-lying area that is interpreted to represent an ancient basin. Predict what type of plate tectonic feature this represents. ...

ConcepTest: Trough part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
In exploring a new planet, you discover a long, linear trough that separates a low lying region and an upland region. Predict what type of plate tectonic feature this represents. a. subduction zone b. ...

ConcepTest: Magnetism Across Oceanic Ridge part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The figure below represents a magnetic profile across an oceanic ridge system. The profile is a plot of (A) distance from the oceanic ridge vs. (B) _________. a. magnetic declination b. magnetic intensity c. ...

ConcepTest: Spreading Rate of Spreading Center part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Scientists collect rock samples of the oceanic crust from a location that is 10 km from a spreading center. (1 km = 1000 m; 1 m = 100 cm; 1 cm = 10 mm.) The sampled rocks were found to be 200,000 years old. What ...

ConcepTest: Magnetic Inclination part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The diagram below shows the magnetic inclination determined for three lava flows preserved in a cliff. (Assume that Earth's magnetic field was in the same orientation as it is today.) What happened to the ...

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: 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: Age of Red Sea Crust part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The floor of the Atlantic Ocean is approximately 20 times wider than the Red Sea basin. Predict the approximate age of the oldest oceanic crust below the Red Sea. a. 500,000 years b. 10 million years c. 50 million ...

ConcepTest: Movement of Volcano part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A volcano formed over a hot spot in the Pacific Ocean would travel approximately _______ in 1000 years. (Assume a constant rate of plate motion. 1 km = 1000 m; 1 m = 100 cm; 1 cm = 10 mm.) a. 1-2 meters b. 100-200 ...

ConcepTest: Magnetic Inclination in Lava part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Two lava flows formed at the same location on a plate, 90 million years apart. The plate migrated 500 km northward in the time between the formation of the first and second lava flows. Scientists sampled rocks from ...

ConcepTest: Separation of North America and Europe part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Between 1900 and 2000, North America increased its distance from Europe by approximately ______. (Assume a constant rate of plate motion. 1 km = 1000 m; 1 m = 100 cm; 1 cm = 10 mm.) a. 20-40 centimeters b. 2-4 ...

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: Order of Volcano Formation 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. In what order did the volcanoes form (youngest ...

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



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