Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects
Global Topography and Tectonic Plates part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
The goal of this activity is to investigate global topographic and tectonic features, especially the tectonic plates and their boundaries. Using a double-page size digital topographic map of the Earth that includes both land and sea floor topography, students are asked to draw plate boundaries, deduce plate motions and interactions, and explore the connections between topography and tectonic processes at the global scale.
New Views of an Old Continent: A Tectonics Lab Exercise Using Geophysical Maps of Australia part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
In this lab activity students are given five different map views of the continent of Australia: Geology, Gravity Anomaly, Magnetic Anomaly, Digital Elevation, and Satellite Image, and asked to investigate and interpret these different data sets. The primary goal is to introduce students to the potential of geophysical data for regional geologic and tectonic investigations.
Global Tectonics part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Courses
A study of geologic and tectonic processes at the global scale. Major topics include plate tectonic theory and development, plate geometries, processes at plate margins, volcanic arcs, collisional orogenies and mountain building, and the influence of tectonic processes on the Earth through time. The course emphasizes regional geology and using plate tectonics to interpret and understand regional geology and geologic processes.