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Plate Tectonics and Your Community

Students are challenged to develop a PowerPointTM presentation, web page, or a three-panel poster display to help middle-school students understand the scientific theories behind plate tectonics.


  • Learn how and why portions of the lithosphere move and examine the speed of that motion.
  • Participate in scientific inquiry and construct logical conclusions based on evidence.
  • Understand critical aspects of the flow of matter and energy within the geopshere.
  • Investigate the results of the motions of plates, including volcanoes, earthquakes, mountain building, and other geologic activities.

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Last updated: May 11, 2010

This project is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation and the AGI Foundation. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation.




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