Investigating Plate Tectonics
Investigating Plate Tectonics
This app investigates how geologic events help provide evidence to support the theory of plate tectonics. See how earthquakes, volcanoes, and plate boundaries relate to the theory.
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Investigations include:

  • using the known ages of microfossils to help determine ocean floor ages
  • determining the location of an earthquake epicenter
  • showing how the depth and location of earthquakes are related to plate boundary types
  • seeing how hot spots are used to track the speed and direction of plate movement
  • measuring the velocity of plate movement over the Hawaiian hot spot
  • examining how Earth’s internal forces drive the movement of tectonic plates
  • observing how the supercontinent cycle explains the past and future arrangement of Earth’s continents

Features Include:

  • photos, illustrations, and animations by Dennis Tasa and others
  • an intuitive navigation style: swipe or use arrows, drop-down menu, page thumbnails
  • info popups with additional detailed information and image credits
  • thought-provoking notebook questions relating to material found on the page that may be shared
  • interactive quizzes that are scored and may be copied, printed, or shared
  • a fun puzzle showing the ages of the ocean floor

Grade levels:

  • 7–13
System Requirements
iPad, iOS 10.3 or later
Correlates to Next Generation Science Standards for Earth Science:
  • ESS2.B Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
  • ESS3.B Natural Hazards
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