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Quakes, Volcanoes & Plate Boundaries

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This material was originally created for On the Cutting Edge: Professional Development for Geoscience Faculty
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
Tanya Atwater, University of California - Santa Barbara
Course: Geology 157, Plate Tectonics
25 students
Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. Working with real, complex data sets is a particularly effective teaching method.

The Activity

In groups of three or four students overlay a world outline transparency upon the maps of shallow seismicity, deep seismicity, arc volcanoes, and hotspot volcanoes. Using these they draw plate boundaries on the overlay and answer questions about the relationships of the plate boundaries to these various data sets.


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