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Ancient Earth globe. Tectonics Model - Demonstration Kit. Earth’s tectonic plates won’t slide forever. Slowly, slowly, Earth’s crust — what we think of as its surface — reshapes itself.

Earth’s tectonic plates won’t slide forever

This has been going on month after month, year after year. It started several billion years ago. It won’t continue forever, however. That’s the conclusion of a new study. Earth’s surface rock (and the soil or sand above it) moves slowly atop shifting rocky slabs known as tectonic plates. After using computers to model the flow of rock and heat flow throughout Earth’s lifetime, scientists now now conclude that plate tectonics is just one temporary stage of a planet’s life cycle.

The computer model showed that in Earth’s youth, its interior was too hot and runny to push around the giant chunks of crust. Build an Earthquake-proof Structure. (Activity courtesy of MyScienceBox and Irene Salter).

Build an Earthquake-proof Structure

Level: Grades 6-12. Time Required: Three class sessions: 1) to build the shake table (may be prepared ahead of time) and make preparations; 2) to build the tower structures; and 3) to test each structure. Group size: 2-4 students. Teacher handout: project_quake_towers.doc. Discovering Plate Boundaries Home. JOIDES Resolution - Ocean Drilling Research Vessel. The first three activitie s below are variations on the theme of ages of the basement rock spreading outward from the mid-Atlantic Ridge as determined by Deep Sea Drilling Project scientists with samples of microfossils taken by RV Glomar Challenger in 1968.

JOIDES Resolution - Ocean Drilling Research Vessel

These activities may also be used with our poster, Microfossils - The Ocean's Storytellers. 1. The Race Is On… with Seafloor Spreading! As always, you are invited to follow the adventures of the JOIDES Resolution drill ship, where you can join the expeditions, interact with the scientists and search for more about topics like plate tectonics! To search for more resources related to this topic, go to our Educator Resources page. ELI: Tectonics: Home. Plate Tectonics Fossils 5E lesson.

Plate Tectonics - Crust, Lithosphere, Mantle. Topics Plate Tectonics Crust Lithosphere Mantle Density Buoyancy Earth Science Description Explore how plates move on the surface of the earth.

Plate Tectonics - Crust, Lithosphere, Mantle

Change temperature, composition, and thickness of plates. Discover how to create new mountains, volcanoes, or oceans! Sample Learning Goals Describe the differences between oceanic and continental crust, including their respective properties of density, composition, temperature and thickness.Predict how changes in composition and temperature change crust density and buoyancy.Draw a time series for different types of plate boundaries and their motions, indicating the related surface features.Deduce the type of plate boundary given images or descriptions of surface features.Explain which types of plate boundaries create crust, and which destroy crust Version 1.02. Plate Tectonics Fossils 5E lesson. Plate Tectonics Inquiry and Technology Lesson. Faulting at Devils Slide.

The opening of the tunnel around Devil’s Slide in San Mateo County allowed for the creation of a mile-long trek to look at some of California’s fascinating geology.

Faulting at Devils Slide

In my last geology hike to the trail, I took a photo of the great sedimentary layers at the north end of the trail, then edited the photo to show how well the strata line up on each side of a fault through the sediments. The Pangaea Pop-up - Michael Molina. Graham Cracker Lab2011. Edible Tectonics Lab. A Model of Three Faults. ESV-19-COMP-mapping_ocean_floor. Earthquakes Living Lab: The Theory of Plate Tectonics. Each TeachEngineering lesson or activity is correlated to one or more K-12 science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) educational standards.

Earthquakes Living Lab: The Theory of Plate Tectonics

All 100,000+ K-12 STEM standards covered in TeachEngineering are collected, maintained and packaged by the Achievement Standard Network (ASN), a project of JES & Co. ( In the ASN, standards are hierarchically structured: first by source; e.g., by state; within source by type; e.g., science or mathematics; within type by subtype, then by grade, etc. Click on the standard groupings to explore this hierarchy as it applies to this document. Introduction/Motivation (It is helpful to have a world map handy to show students the continents of the Earth.) According to the theory of plate tectonics, the Earth's crust is divided into plates that are continually moving either towards or away from each other.

This activity is designed around the Earthquakes Living Lab, a resource and online interface that uses real-time U.S. Drifting Continents. Summary This activity is a teacher-led demonstration of continental drift and includes a math worksheet for students involving the calculation of continental drift over time.

Drifting Continents

Students will understand what continental drift is, why it occurs, and how earthquakes occur because of it. Engineering Connection Engineers study the motion of fluids and how the differences in temperature and density can affect natural forces such as air flow, ocean currents and continental drift. Engineers investigate continental drift to understand what causes earthquakes so they can build structures to withstand these natural disasters. Educational Standards Each TeachEngineering lesson or activity is correlated to one or more K-12 science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) educational standards.

MrEmbryClass - Unit 10 Plate Tectonics.