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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.

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. -

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: Location of Deep Earthquakes part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Where will deep earthquakes occur most frequently in the plate tectonic setting shown below?

ConcepTest: EQ Recurrence Interval part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Plate A moves 3 cm/yr past plate B. A typical earthquake along the plate boundary has 6 meters of slip. What is the recurrence interval of the earthquake? a. 0.2 years b. 2 years c. 200 years d. 2000 years

ConcepTest: Earthquake Location and Magnitude part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Two active faults are present at different sites along the west coast of North America. The rate of plate motion adjacent to location X is 2 cm/year. The rate of plate motion adjacent to location Y is 5 cm/year. A ...

ConcepTest: Divergent Boundary Sketch part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The figure below was drawn by a student to show the relationship between earthquake epicenters (filled circles) and a divergent plate boundary (red line). The figure represents a boundary between two oceanic ...

ConcepTest: EQ Distribution, North America part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the maps below best represents the distribution of magnitude 6 or greater earthquakes in North America within a decade? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: EQ Distribution, South America part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the maps below best represents the distribution of magnitude 6 or greater earthquakes in South America within a decade? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: EQ Locations in North America part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the locations on the map of North America below is most likely to experience a magnitude 6 or greater earthquake? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: EQ Occurrence in North America part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Earthquakes occur most frequently in North America at location ___. a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: EQ Occurrence in South America part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Earthquakes occur most frequently in South America at location ___. a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Global Earthquake Occurrence #1 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 magnitude 6 or greater earthquake? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Global Earthquake Distribution part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the maps below is the best representation of the distribution of earthquakes of magnitude 7 or larger? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Continental Earthquakes part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Predict which continent experiences the fewest earthquakes per year. a) Antarctica b) North America c) South America d) Asia

ConcepTest: Earthquakes and Plate Boundaries part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Use the map of plate boundaries below to predict which land mass experiences the fewest earthquakes per year. a) India b) Australia c) South America d) Asia

ConcepTest: EQs at Divergent Boundaries part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The figures below show the location of a plate boundary (red line) and the distribution of earthquake epicenters (filled black circles). The size of the filled circle indicates the earthquake magnitude. Given the ...



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