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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: 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: Oceans by South America #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the image of part of the South American continent and neighboring oceans. (Image courtesy the National Geophysical Data Center.) Where is a passive continental margin located? a. A b. B

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: 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: 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 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 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: 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: 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: 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 #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 ...



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