Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
Lesson Time: 30-60 Minutes
Earth Science Missions (Earth)
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Short Description: This data-rich exercise to help students discover the processes that occur at plate tectonic boundaries is built around four global data maps: 1) Earthquake location and depth, 2) Location of recent volcanic activity, 3) Seafloor age, and 4) Topography and bathymetry. Alternative versions of the activity can concentrate on examining just the volcanic data and comparing the locations of volcanoes composed primarily of basalt to those of andesite and rhyolite, relative to plate boundaries.
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This lesson was chosen for its quality and potential alignment to Next Generation Science Standards.
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Disciplinary Core Ideas
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- 4-Analyzing and interpreting data
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- 5-Energy and matter: flows, cycles and conversation
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Credit: Rice University