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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. -

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

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.

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. -

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: Elevated Terraces part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A series of elevated terraces (former wave-cut platforms) along an active plate boundary coast is evidence for ______________. a. Sea level rise b. Uplift of continental crust c. Subsidence (sinking) of crust

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: 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: 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: Worldwide Tectonic Portrait #3 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 3 ...

ConcepTest: Worldwide Tectonic Portrait #2 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 2 ...

ConcepTest: Worldwide Tectonic Portrait #4 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 4 ...

ConcepTest: Worldwide Tectonic Portrait #5 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 5 ...

ConcepTest: Worldwide Tectonic Portrait #7 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 7 ...



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