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View Resource Ridge 2000

The Ridge 2000 Program is a long-term program of scientific research on mid-ocean ridges and other tectonic spreading centers. This extensive website offers information for educators, scientists, students, and the general public. Each section contains background material, the latest news and information, and countless images. It also includes information on student competitions, teacher workshops...

View Resource Three-D Earth Structure Model

In this activity by Larry and Sheryl Braile, students construct a model of the Earth's interior to help them visualize its main regions (inner core, outer core, mantle, crust) and practice their problem solving and math skills. They will also calculate the volumes of each region. The two options for conducting the activity are followed by seven enrichment questions and step-by-step instructions...

View Resource New Type of Hydrothermal Vents Found

This CNN news article discusses the discovery of a new class of hydrothermal vents in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, called the Lost City, formed by heat generated when seawater reacts with mantle rocks rather than by volcanic activity. The article also notes the importance of the discovery to microbiologists, as some of these new vents were inhabited by single-cell organisms called thermophiles. ...

View Resource Magnetometer Extensions Activity

The University of Michigan's educational site called Windows to the Universe (last mentioned in the January 6, 1999 Scout Report for Science and Engineering) has added many new lessons to their content. Highlights of these include two activities centered around magnetism. Clicking on the links to the Student Activity Sheet and reading the Notes to the Teacher are essential for getting the most...

View Resource Mantle Convection Movies On-Line at Caltech

This Caltech website contains movies and animations about mantle convection, along with brief summaries of the science behind it. Topics covered include supercontinents, superplumes, Australia, oceanic plates and faults, plate tectonic models, and stirring by mantle convection.

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