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How Plates Move
This information on the two major types of plate interaction and the resulting features discusses the Mid Atlantic Ridge and the mid-ocean ridges in connection with divergence and ocean trenches and connects the Pacific Ring of Fire to the concept of subduction. Volcanic activity as a result of subduction is also covered. The site also features links to goals, objectives, and materials for a hands-on lesson on how plates move.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Tutorial
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restrictions information are unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-683
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Volcano World, Oregon State University
Department of Geosciences