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Real Evidence of a Subducting Plate
The objective of this activity is to allow students to manipulate real data and understand how such data are interpreted and used in support of a theory. The concepts studied are maps, earthquakes, and plate tectonics, particularly a subduction zone plate boundary. The student will learn or be refreshed on using latitude and longitude for mapping purposes. The activity should be used in a unit on plate tectonics so that the student has a basic understanding of plate theory, boundaries, and types of crust. It is also useful to guide a class discussion about the different types of evidence used to support the theory of plate tectonics.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Lab activity
    • Lesson plan
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Structural geology
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions is Unknown
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-004-576
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'The Geological Society of America: Resources for K-12 Earth Science Educators'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Ms Christine V McLelland
Geological Society of America

Author: Mr Mike Martin
Iowa City School

Publisher: The Geological Society of America