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Plate Tectonics: The Splitting Apart of Pangea
After a teacher led discussion (some background provided), students will break into groups and recreate global maps at four different points in earth's history. By completing this exploration activity, the learner will: recognize that continents of the western hemisphere "fit" together, create a model that demonstrates the similarity of the continents, identify the major tectonic plates, and calculate the rate of divergence for the mid-Atlantic ridge. Several key words are linked to images that can further enhance understanding.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • Informal
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
Technical requirements:
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright (c) 2002 Montana State University, Bozeman
DLESE Catalog ID: EARTHQUAKE-000-000-011-713
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: David Thomas
Montana State University: Network Montana Project