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» Plate Tectonics
Plate Tectonics Articles, Theory, Plate Diagrams, Maps, Teaching Ideas
Popular Plate Tectonic Items
Great Rift Valley
The East Africa Rift System:
Learn about the East Africa Rift.
What Is The Moho?
What is the Moho?
Learn about the Mohorovicic Discontinuity.
Supervolcano In Italy
Supervolcano in Italy:
A fossil supervolcano beneath the Italian Alps.
Growth of the Andes
How Fast Did the Andes Rise?
Oxygen isotope studies reveal a much slower rate of rise.
Cities Moved by Quake
South American Cities Moved by Earthquake:
Some moved ten feet westward.
Sun & Moon Triggers?
Can the Sun and Moon Trigger Faults?
Minute stresses might be triggers.
Exploring the Mariana Trench:
A robotic vehicle dives 6.8 miles down - a new world record!
Depth of Magma Formation in Subduction Zones
: Chlorite reveals the depth of magma formation in subuction zones.
San Andreas Map
Google Map of the San Andreas Fault
: Zoom in to see the fault trace plotted atop of a map or satellite images.
San Andreas Article
What is the San Andreas Fault?
Map, photos and description of the fault by Dr. David Lynch.
"We learn geology the morning after the earthquake."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
rifting produced intense volcanic activity that doubled atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Hawaiian Hot Spot
How did the Hawaiian Islands Form?
The power of a moving plate over a stationary hot spot.
Teaching Plate Tectonics with Easy-to-Draw Illustrations:
Most students love to draw and are visual learners. Take advantage of that in a draw-with-me lesson.
Drilling To The Moho
Drilling to Earth's Mantle:
New technology might make drilling to the Moho possible.
Zoom In On Plate Boundaries
: Explore divergent, convergent and transform plate boundaries with satellite images and maps.
Earth's Core & Magnetic Field:
Exploring Earth's internal structure & magnetic field.
Carbonatite Lava Flows at Oldoinyo Lengai:
These carbon dioxide-rich lavas are some of the most fluid in the world. They flow like motor oil.
Oldest Piece of Mantle
Oldest Piece of Mantle:
A 4.5 billion-year-old slab of mantle under Baffin Island, Canada.
Ocean Rifting on Land
Ocean Rifting on Land:
A new rift in Ethiopia is analogous to an ocean basin rift.
: A page that links to all of our volcano articles and to the best volcano information that we could find.
"Oil is found in the minds of men."
Newest Plate Tectonic Items
Elastic Rebound Theory
and how it applies to earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault.
Earth's Internal Heat
Earth's Internal Heat:
About half of Earth's heat is produced by decay of radioactive materials.
2004 Sumatra Earthquake
was one of the deadliest in history because of sediment deposits.
Quartz & Tectonics
Quartz & Plate Tectonics:
Water, heat and abundant quartz make rocks flow more easily.
San Andreas Quake Frequency:
Earthquake frequency might be higher than previously believed.
Tectonic History In Jade:
Dates of metamorphism and fault motion locked in jade.
San Andreas Fault
San Andreas Fault Behavior:
Trenching studies reveal fault behavior.
What Causes a Tsunami?
Learn how plate motions trigger earthquakes and tsunamis.
New Madrid Seismic Zone:
An earthquake hazard review for the NMSZ.
"The present is the key to the past."
Pacific Earthquake Triggers:
Subduction zone core samples reveal earthquake triggers.
What Drives the Plates?
A new force is discovered that could propel Earth's tectonic plates.
Tsunami of Unexpected Power:
Unusual fault movement gave Japan's tsunami more "punch".
The Japan Earthquake
shifted Earth's mass resulting in a shorter day.
Indian Ocean Tsunamis
Indian Ocean Tsunamis:
Deadly tsunamis triggered by earthquakes and volcanoes.
Saudi Volcanic Field
30,000 eathquakes and rifting reveal activity in this volcanic field.
This ocean is surrounded by plate boundaries, that can produce tsunami.
Pacific Tsunami Threat
Pacific Tsunami Threat:
Alaska earthquakes can impact the Pacific Basin.
New Madrid Mystery
New Madrid Mystery:
Why do large earthquakes occur far from an active plate boundary?
Age Of The Andes
How Old Are The Andes Mountains?
New research suggests that the growth of the Andes Mountains began much earlier than 7 MYA.
"The best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks."
Herbert Harold Read
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