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Plate Tectonics as Expressed in Geological Landforms and Events
This activity seeks to have students analyze global data sets on earthquake and volcano distributions toward identifying major plate boundary types in different regions on the Earth. A secondary objective is to familiarize students with two publicly available resources for viewing and manipulating geologically-relevant geospatial data: Google Earth(TM) and GeoMapApp.
A Geologic Safari of the East African Rift and the Newark Basin: Why these areas are more alike than you know
This activity explores the similarity and differences between the Newark Rift Basin and East African Rift.
The Woodlark Basin as a Natural Laboratory for the Study of the Geological Sciences
This activity guides the students through a set of geological problems related to the Woodlark Basin, Papua New Guinea.
Connecting Cross-Sectional Data from the Red Sea to Plate Tectonics
Students will use map views and cross-sectional profiles across the Red Sea to determine plate tectonic processes in the region. Google Earth is a technological tool used to facilitate the investigation.
Testing plate tectonics in the Gulf of California
This is a simple exercise to use real-world data from recent large earthquakes so that students can "test" for themselves if plate tectonics "works" in the Gulf of California.
Profiling Earth's Surface using GeoMapApp
In this exercise, students relate large-scale features on Earth's surface to lithospheric plates, the underlying asthenosphere, earthquakes, and volcanoes. After creating a cross section showing elevation using GeoMapApp, students add additional features by hand.
Role of Sedimentation in Rifting
A module in which students use field and geophysical measurements and observations of Gulf of California basins to calculate isostasy and its controls.
Exploring Styles of Extension in the Gulf of California
An introduction to processes associated with continental rifting, and resulting fault geometries and distributions, and lithospheric responses, using seismic data examples from the Gulf of California.
Role of Plate Motion Obliquity in Rifting
A module that uses Euler poles to describe the relative motion between the Baja Microplate and North American Plate, highlighting how the obliquity of rifting changes along strike in the Gulf of California.
Bathymetry of Rifted Margins
This is one component of the Rupturing Continental Lithosphere suite of mini-lessons. Students investigate the morphology of rifted margins by creating topographic/bathymetric maps and profiles across the Red Sea ...