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Dynamic Planet
Investigation 3:
Forces that Cause Earth Movements

This investigation will help you to:

To learn more about forces that drive our dynamic planet, visit the following web sites:

Convection Cells

Convection Lesson,
The purpose of this lesson is to produce a visual convection current in the classroom and compare it to the images taken of convection cells in the Sun.

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

Convection in the Earth's Mantle

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

The Lithosphere and the Asthenosphere

Plate Tectonic Theory,
James Madison University
This page shows a cross section of the lithosphere and describes the movement of the earth's crust.

Earth's Lithosphere,
National Air and Space Museum
See the lithosphere in context in terms of the shape of the Earth, plate movement, and drifting continents.

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

Mid-Ocean Ridges

Mid-Ocean Ridges,
UC Santa Barbara
It is the longest mountain chain, the most active voslcanic area and until recently, the least accessible region on the earth. New maps reveal striking details of how segments of the ridge form and evolve.

MAR: Descent to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge,
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Follow the exhibition by a Scripps researcher and an entire scientific team, as they guided the deep submersible Alvin to probe the depths of the North Atlantic - exploring undersea mountains of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Developing the Theory,
Learn about the the development of the theory of mid-ocean ridges.

Juan de Fuca Subduction - Juan de Fuca Ridge,
Cascade Range, CVO USGS
Read more about the currently active Axial Seamount which lies on the Juan de Fuca Ridge off the coast of Washington.



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