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View Resource Sea-Floor Spreading Made Easy

This activity, which can be performed by the teacher and an assistant, or by students working in pairs, shows the mechanism of seafloor spreading. Two pieces of paper are pulled apart from between two desks or tables, while one student marks the pages with bands of color to represent areas of reversed and normal magnetic polarity. It includes background material explaining the layers of Earth,...

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 The Nature of Tectonic Plates

This lesson provides an overview of the various types of interactions between tectonic plates. The discussion uses the analogy of a cracked egg to describe the tectonic plates composing Earth's crust. Other topics include the concentrated earthquake and volcanic activity associated with plate boundaries, types of interactions at the boundaries, and how plate motions are affecting the Atlantic and...

View Resource Spatial Data Relationships in Geoscience Data

This site from SERC's Starting Point encourages the user to recognize relationships between modern GIS and traditional geoscience spatial analysis methods. Links to example GIS exercises and exercises and visualizations that emphasize spatial data relationships in geoscience are provided.

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