This Dynamic Earth: the Story of Plate Tectonics

W. Kious, Robert Tilling, USGS - Volunteer For Science, USGS - Volcano Hazards Team

This publication provides an introduction to the theory of plate tectonics. It was intended as a companion to the map entitled 'This Dynamic Planet', published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Smithsonian Institution. Topics include the history and development of the theory, lines of evidence, plate motions and interactions, hotspots, what drives plate motion, and extraterrestrial plate tectonics. It can be viewed online, downloaded, or purchased in hardcopy. Ordering information is provided.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology, Historical Geology, Tectonics
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Maps, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Structural Geology, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Early Earth, Plate TectonicsKeywords: plate motion, thermal plume