The Theory of Plate Tectonics
The Theory of Plate Tectonics
Learn how and why Earth’s lithospheric plates change through time. Understand how these changes cause earthquakes and volcanoes. Study the history of this theory.

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You will Learn:

  • the core concepts of the theory of plate tectonics
  • the history of continental drift
  • the types of lithospheric plates and their properties
  • what happens at plate boundaries
  • why earthquakes and volcanoes are found at plate boundaries
  • the geography of the continents

Features Include:

  • written by Edward J. Tarbuck and Frederick K. Lutgens; illustrated by Dennis Tasa
  • photos, animations, and activities enhance understanding
  • intuitive navigation including direct access by page number
  • an index, a glossary, and a table of contents
  • fully narrated with audio controls
  • review quizzes that are scored and may be printed for assessment
  • two levels: Intermediate and Advanced

Grade levels:

  • 7–12 and college

Teacher Resources:

System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10

“…a great resource for any middle or high school classroom. Helps explain through manipulatives, plate tectonics and how continental drift works.”

NSTA Recommends

“This program presents information more effectively than is possible by other means, capturing the student’s attention and demanding direct student involvement.”

Children’s Technology Review

“This is an outstanding resource a must-have program for Earth Science classes.”

Computer Shopper - Britian’s Biggest Computer Magazine

“…suitable for individual use as well as classroom demonstrations, is an excellent introduction to continental drift, or plate tectonics.”

ComputEd Gazette Review

“…what makes this title truly a winner are the outstanding graphics, photos, and interactive glossary, the many interesting and educational sidebars to supplement comprehension of the concepts, and the fast, seamless links throughout the program.”
2003 EDDIE Award winner.


Received a Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing from the Association for Educational Publishers in 2004.
Correlates to Next Generation Science Standards for Earth Science:
  • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
  • ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
Supports Common Core Literacy in Science Standards:
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
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