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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: 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

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map and answer the question that follows. How many plates are present? a. 3 b. 4 c. 5 d. 6

ConcepTest: Youngest Volcano 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. Which volcano is the youngest? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Oldest Volcano 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. Which volcano is the oldest? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Relative Plate Motion part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the figures below most accurately represents the relative plate motions for the Juan de Fuca and North American plates? a. b. c. d.

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: Oceanic Floor Width part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Two ocean basins of identical size are almost surrounded by continents. The oceanic lithosphere below Ocean A is bordered by plate boundaries. The sea floor under Ocean B has a plate boundary running along its ...

ConcepTest: Oceanic Floor Width #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Two ocean basins of identical size are almost surrounded by continents. The oceanic lithosphere below Ocean A is bordered by plate boundaries. The sea floor under Ocean B has a plate boundary running along its ...

ConcepTest: Worldwide Tectonic Portrait #1 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 1 ...

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: Relative Plate Motion part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A and B represent locations on two separate plates. The curved black line represents the plate boundary. The arrows show the directions of plate motion and the rates of motion are indicated. What kind of plate ...

ConcepTest: Determining Numbers of Plates part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map and answer the question that follows. X, Y, and Z represent continental lithosphere, the blank areas represent oceanic lithosphere. How many plates are present? a. 3 b. 4 c. 5 d. 6

ConcepTest: Convergent Boundary part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A and B represent locations on two separate plates. The curved black line represents the plate boundary. The arrows show the directions of plate motion and the rates of motion are indicated. a. transform b. ...

ConcepTest: Divergent Plates #3 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the diagram below that shows oceanic and continental crust surrounding a plate boundary. Based on the current plate tectonic setting, location X is moving toward ____? a. A b. B c. C d. D



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