Plate Tectonics Lab
Maps to use:
This Dynamic Planet (USGS publications)
A Global Map/Atlas – The National Geographic Map below can be used or an
equivalent one that includes geographic and sea floor features.
Please copy the lab onto your computer before entering your answers into the tables
provided, then save your copy and submit it to the instructor
Please identify several examples of each of the following plate tectonic settings using
the maps referenced above.
Please read the legend at the bottom of the This Dynamic
Planet Map which explains the symbols used on the map.
For each example, provide a
geographic name for the setting (
., the Andes Mountains, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge,
.) and identify the tectonic plate(s) that are involved.
The plate names are identified
on the This Dynamic Planet Map.
The This Dynamic Planet Map does not provide the names of associated geologic
To find these you will need to use an atlas.
Several geographic Atlases can be
found on-line (I have provided a link to the global atlas of the national Geographic
Society), or you can use one that you may have access to at your home.
Be sure you
find an atlas that contains the geographic names of the ocean floor features in addition
to the geographic names of land features.
Some features may have more than one
geographic feature associated with them.
For instance, an ocean-continent convergent