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This Dynamic Planet: The Story of Plate Tectonics DLESE Reviewed Collection
This booklet provides a brief introduction to the concept of plate tectonics and complements the visual and written information in This Dynamic Planet, a map published in 1994 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Smithsonian Institution. The booklet highlights some of the people and discoveries that advanced the development of the theory and traces its progress since its proposal. Although the general idea of plate tectonics is now widely accepted, many aspects still continue to confound and challenge scientists. The earth science revolution launched by the theory of plate tectonics is not over. The booklet may be downloaded as a pdf file or purchased in hard copy through USGS in Denver CO.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Book
Subject:
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geologic time
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
    • Structural geology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions Information is unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-331
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth's history
        • Structure of the earth system
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Nature of scientific knowledge
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Physical systems:
      • The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
    • The uses of geography:
      • How to apply geography to interpret the past
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Related resources:
This resource references 'This Dynamic Planet'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: W. Jacqueline Kious
USGS - Volunteer For Science

Author: Dr Robert I Tilling
USGS - Volcano Hazards Team