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Plate Tectonic Primer
This site gives an in-depth look at the theory of plate tectonics and how it works. The structure of the Earth is discussed, with brief rock type descriptions. The structure of the lithosphere, plate boundaries, interplate relationships, and types of plates are all covered in detail.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Mineralogy or petrology
    • Structural geology
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader versions are available, but not necessary.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This material is copyrighted, but may be used by anyone for personal or educational purposes as long as the source is acknowledged. For further information, please contact: Lynn S. Fichter Copyright 2000.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-369
Related resources:
This resource references 'The Wilson Cycle'
This resource references 'Igneous Rocks'
This resource references 'Metamorphic Rocks'
This resource references 'Minerals'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Lynn S. Fichter
James Madison University

Publisher: James Madison University