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Tectonic Plates and Plate Boundaries
Continents were once thought to be static, locked tight in their positions in Earth's crust. Similarities between distant coastlines, such as those on opposite sides of the Atlantic, were thought to be the work of a scientist's overactive imagination, or, if real, the result of erosion on a massive scale. This interactive feature shows 11 tectonic plates and their names, the continents that occupy them, and the types of boundaries between them.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
  • Visual:
    • Map
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
Technical requirements:
Flash player
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio. Copyright 2002-2006, WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-773
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: WGBH Educational Foundation
http://www.wgbh.org/