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The Wilson Cycle
This site provides an in-depth and interactive look at the Wilson Cycle in a nine-stage sequence. The Wilson Cycle explains the opening and closing of ocean basins and how certain landforms result; plate tectonics and the rock cycle play a large part in understanding these events. Boundary types are covered, and a series of cross-sections are given to fully explain the cycle. An interactive self-test is also available to assess how well the user understands the rock-cycle and rock types.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Assessment / Evaluation
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Mineralogy or petrology
    • Structural geology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This site was put together for GenSci 102A: Environment Earth. The material is copyrighted (text, images,etc.), and cannot be used without permission of the copyright owner. For details, please contact Lynn S. Fichter Copyright 1999
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-360
Related resources:
This resource references 'Igneous Rocks'
This resource references 'Metamorphic Rocks'
This resource references 'Plate Tectonic Primer'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Lynn S. Fichter
James Madison University

Publisher: James Madison University