Movement of Lithospheric Plates
Recognize that lithospheric plates on the scale of continents and oceans continually move at rates of centimeters per year SPI 0707.7.5
Links verified on 6/19/2014
- Earth Guide Online - Interactive animations that explain key concepts and processes, plus other interactives and diagrams of related topics for K-12 teachers and students
- Pangea to the Present - a study of the history of the Earth's tectonic plates. [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.]
- Plate Tectonics - an animation of projected future movement
- Plate Tectonics -
This exhibit explains the history of our new understanding of the Earth and provides a brief overview of the theories behind it. (an index of animations is available)
- Plate Tectonics Animations -
These animations were originally produced for the US Geological Survey video Secrets in Stone. They have been converted to animated gifs for web display.
- Plate Tectonics map and a description of the three types of boundaries.
- Plate Tectonic Movement Visualizations - This section provides access to a wide array of visualizations and supporting material that can be used effectively to teach students about plate tectonic movements
- Tectonic Plates Animation - Click the picture to open Tectonic plates animation in a popup
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