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Plate Tectonics
This data tip from Bridge, the Ocean Sciences Education Teacher Resource Center archive, includes a variety of educational sites to visit on plate tectonic theory. Learners can use underwater earthquake data to identify plate boundaries with links to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Acoustic Monitoring Program Ocean Seismicity data. Data from the Northeast Pacific, eastern Equatorial Pacific, and North Atlantic are examined in more detail.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
Technical requirements:
Technical information not known
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright Sea Grant Marine Advisory Services, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, College of William and Mary. Unless otherwise noted, Bridge webpages may be reproduced for non-profit educational use provided Virginia Sea Grant, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the National Marine Educators Association are credited.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-003-677
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Motion and forces
        • Transfer of energy
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth's history
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • History of science
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Motions and forces
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Natural resources
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Historical perspectives
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Lisa Lawrence
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Sea Grant Marine Advisory Services