Project Atlantis- An Exercise in the Application of Earth Science to a Critical Examination of a Pseudoscience Hypothesis
Steven Earle 2003 Journal of Geoscience Education v51 no3 p290-293
This exercise has students who have just gone through a unit on plate tectonics examine the "crustal displacement" hypothesis which accounts for the fate of Atlantis. Rapid and vast plate tectonic movements supposedly moved Antarctica from 60 degrees S to the south pole. Students must work out ways to test this hypothesis. Useful evidence to examine includes the paleomagnetic record, the history of island chains like the Hawaiian archipelago, biodiversity patterns, and probable effects of such shifts on existing subduction zones.