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Discovering Plate Boundaries

Discovering Plate Boundaries

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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.

Topic: Volcanism in the Solar System

Grade Level: 5-8

Body: Earth

Mission: Earth Science Missions (Earth)

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Source: Rice University

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