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Geology: Plate Tectonics
This site is the Plate Tectonics portion of the Geology site from the University of California, Berkeley, Museum of Paleontology. This exhibit has a section devoted to the explanation of the history of plate tectonics and a section that focuses on the mechanisms driving plate tectonics. The mechanisms section discusses convection, mid-oceanic ridges, geomagnetic anomalies, deep sea trenches, and island arcs. The site also contains links to numerous animations illustrating historical plate positions and movements.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Video
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geologic time
    • Geology
    • Paleontology
Technical requirements:
QuickTime plug-in
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1994-2001 by The University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, and the Regents of the University of California. All materials appearing on the UCMP Web Servers may not be reproduced or stored in a retrieval system without prior written permission of the publisher and in no case for profit.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-210
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University of California, Berkeley, Museum of Paleontology