Plate Tectonics Visual Glossary and Atlas
Plate Tectonics Visual Glossary and Atlas
A comprehensive glossary of plate tectonics terms and definitions that includes illustrations, animations, photos, and videos. Explore Earth’s surface features and geography on a 3D globe. Search for specific terms from a list.
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You will Learn:

  • the definitions for common plate tectonics terms
  • the names of the continents
  • the names of the tectonic plates
  • the types of plate boundaries
  • surface features that occur as a result of plate tectonics
  • how seafloor spreading relates to the age of the ocean floor
  • how changes in plate boundaries cause earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain building
  • how tectonic plates relate to the “Ring of Fire”

Features Include:

  • illustrations and animations by Dennis Tasa
  • a visual experience that encourages discovery by exploration
  • icons on the globe display an illustration, photo, or movie
  • globe icons for recently active volcanoes
  • icons in the list that link to locations on the globe spin the globe to that location
  • terms in definitions that link to other terms
  • selection of alternate surface maps
  • select the visibility of boundaries, labels, icons
  • view major historic earthquake epicenters
  • overlay a latitude/longitude coordinate grid

Grade levels:

  • 6–13

View this guide:

How to use the Plate Tectonics Visual Glossary and Atlas app in your classroom.

System Requirements
iPhone or iPad, iOS 8.4 or later
Mac OS X 10.10 or later
Reviews

iOS App Store Review

“The most fun I’ve had with a globe in years.”
Standards
Correlates to Next Generation Science Standards for Earth Science:
  • ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
  • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
  • ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
  • ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
Supports Common Core Literacy in Science Standards:
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1,2,4,5,7,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1,2,4,5,7,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1,2,4,5,7,9
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