Our Dynamic Planet

William Prothero, University of California, Santa Barbara

This CD-ROM consists of tools for investigations of the theory of plate tectonics. Modules include virtual plate tectonics lecture (30 minute animated plate tectonics video), geography game, profile game, MAP data display, and graphics workshop. Data are accessible through a point and click interface with extensive online help. Data includes elevations, seafloor and island ages, earthquakes, volcanoes, oceanic heat flow, volcano and landform images and movies. Detailed DEM data and images are available for selected mid ocean ridge study areas. A companion teacher's manual discusses elements of a science investigation, how to write a science paper, how to use the software, and gives examples of investigations that can be performed. The CD-ROM can be ordered from this website.

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Part of the Cutting Edge collection. The NAGT/DLESE On the Cutting Edge project helps geoscience faculty stay up-to-date with both geoscience research and teaching methods.

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Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Geology and Geophysics, Physical , Geoscience:Geology, Geology:Geophysics, Geoscience:Oceanography
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Images/Illustrations, Datasets and Tools:Datasets, Datasets with Tools, Audio/Visual:Maps
Special Interest: Visualization
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12)
Data Derived: Data Derived
Data Source: Observational Data
Ocean Environments: Deep Sea Floor/Abyssal, Mid-ocean Ridge
Science Background Required: Basic scientific background required
Topics: Ocean:Physical Oceanography, Ocean, Earth surface, Ocean:Marine Geology and Geophysics, Solid Earth, Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Oceanography, Geophysics