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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Plate Motion and Effect on Cities #5 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and identify which pair of locations is moving further apart as a result of plate tectonics. a. Tokyo and Hawaii b. Bombay and Sydney c. Galapagos Islands and Hawaii d. Galapagos ...

ConcepTest: Plate Motion and Effect on Cities #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and identify which pair of locations is moving closer together as a result of plate tectonics. a. Galapagos Islands and Hawaii b. Galapagos Islands and Rio de Janeiro c. New York ...

ConcepTest: Plate Motion and Effect on Cities #3 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and identify which pair of locations is moving further apart as a result of plate tectonics. a. Bombay and Sydney b. Hawaii and Tokyo c. New York and London d. Mexico City and ...

ConcepTest: Plate Motion and Effect on Cities #4 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and identify which pair of locations is moving further apart as a result of plate tectonics. a. Sydney and Cape Town b. Bombay and Sydney c. Hawaii and Tokyo d. Galapagos Islands ...

ConcepTest: Worldwide Applications of Tectonic Theory #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and answer the following question. The oldest oceanic lithosphere is located at ___. a. C b. F c. M d. L

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 Applications of Tectonic Theory #5 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and answer the following question. Which two locations will remain the same distance apart, regardless of plate motions? a. B & C b. B & K c. G & L d. F & G

ConcepTest: Worldwide Applications of Tectonic Theory #6 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and answer the following question. The ocean floor becomes progressively ______ moving from D toward K. a. older b. younger

ConcepTest: Worldwide Applications of Tectonic Theory #7 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and answer the following question. The ocean floor becomes progressively ______ moving from the margin of South America toward L. a. older b. younger

ConcepTest: Worldwide Applications of Tectonic Theory #11 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and answer the following question. Which location is near a hot spot? a. F b. B c. D d. M

ConcepTest: Worldwide Applications of Tectonic Theory #3 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and answer the following question. The youngest oceanic lithosphere is located at ___. a. C b. D c. M d. L



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