Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics Workshop - 2013


Through the lens of a Claims Evidence Reasoning (CER) approach, we will explore global landforms and their tectonic settings. Join us as we track the formation of the Hawaiian Islands and the layers of the Grand Canyon using authentic data sets and Google Earth/Maps technology.  All activities will discuss cross-disicplinary interactions, literacy concepts and connections to PA state standards. Maps and materials from all exercises will be provided electronically to teachers to bring back to their classrooms.

Plate Tectonics

Plate tectonics is the central paradigm of modern geology. It integrates and explains fundamental observations from many different components of Earth systems, including evidence from fossils, the distribution and ages of rock types at the surface, the position and shape of continents and ocean basins, the patterns of ocean circulation and climate, and the distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes.

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