Unit 2 Plate Tectonics Instructional Materials

1) Read “This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics” by W. Jaquelyne Kios and Robert I Tilling, U.S. Geological Survey

  1. Preface
  2. Historical perspective
  3. Developing the theory
  4. Understanding plate motions
  5. Hotspots
  6. Some unanswered questions
  7. Plate tectonics and people

2) Watch plate tectonics animations – These animations will help you understand the sense of motion of tectonic plates at each type of boundary, and the resulting geologic phenomena (earthquakes and volcanoes) from IRIS YouTube Channel

  • What drives plate tectonics:
  • Lithospheric plates:

  • Transform faults:

  • Divergent Plate Boundaries/spreading centers:

  • Hot Spots:


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