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9.1 The Moving Geosphere

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of 9.1: The Moving Geosphere. Use the navigation below to find the materials.

Section Materials


Visions of Earth, by AGI
A four-DVD set on interactions in Earth systems.

Our Restless Planet, by NASA
This NASA site has links to numerous "Restless Earth" themed animations and video clips.

Educator's Guide to Convection, by Jet Propulsion Laboratory
This page includes a brief discussion on convection and links to see photos or animations that demonstrate convection.

Some Unanswered Questions About Plate Tectonics, by USGS
What drives the plates? This article aims to explain the connection between plate movement and convection.

Earth's Interior, by Nevada Seismological Laboratory
Find out more about how scientists understand the Earth's interior.

Inside the Earth, by USGS
Read a brief description, with figures, of the internal structure of the Earth.

The Earth at Work, by PBS OnLine
This web site accompanies the PBS Series Savage Earth and includes background information on the structure of the Earth's interior.

Plate Tectonics: The Rocky History of an Idea, by University of California Berkeley
Learn more about the history of the theory of plate tectonics.

Dynamic Earth, by USGS
This is an excellent description of the history of plate tectonics with diagrams and maps on the web site of the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Visions of Earth, by AGI
82 High-definition animations showing a variety of Earth and space system processes.

Mantle Convection Movies, by California Institute of Technology
This page shows animations on mantle convection and plate movement.

Plate Tectonics Animation, by Chris Scotese, University of Texas at Arlington
See animations of the Earth, plate movement, and drifting continents.

Savage Earth, by PBS
Learn about subduction zones in this animation.

Animated Earth: Tectonic Plates and Plate Boundaries, by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
These animations show the locations of the plates and their boundaries in the earth's crust.

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