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View Resource Rock Cycle Animations

This site features Flash animations that illustrate various facets of the rock cycle. The visualizations depict rock-forming processes, such as erosion, transportation, deposition, cementation, crystallization, subduction, and eruption, that create sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks. They also show cooling environments that result in varied crystal sizes and demonstrate igneous rock...

View Resource EarthScope: Earthquake in Tonga

This bulletin discusses the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that shook the islands of Tonga in May 2006. Topics include the tectonic setting of the islands, at the boundary of the Pacific and Australian plates, the frequent seismic activity at this location, how earthquakes are produced at subduction zones, and how they can reveal information about the Earth's interior. There is also information about...

View Resource The Story of Plate Tectonics

This resource is hosted by the United States Geologic Service. The site provides access to online text of "This Dynamic Earth", a book on plate tectonics, including images and text.

View Resource Interactives: Dynamic Earth

Conveying the dynamism of various geologic processes can be hard in the classroom or on the web, but this interactive feature from the Annenberg Media's Learner.org site does quite a fine job of introducing students to plate tectonics, plate boundaries, and such perennial favorites as earthquakes and volcanoes. In the "Earth's Structure" section, visitors can roll the mouse over such features as...

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