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Unformatted text preview: Ever-Changing Earth Name _____________________ Inquiry #2: Plate Tectonics Learning Target: I can describe how natural and man-made processes shape the earth I can diagram, describe, and model interactions at plate boundaries (plate tectonics) BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Now that you know a little more about the anatomy of the earth and what powers some of its geologic processes, we will know investigate how plate tectonics (one geologic process) affects and changes the surface of the earth. During this investigation, you will collect and make sense of real-time earthquake and volcano data, evaluate patterns in the data, model plate tectonics, and research information that will help you answer the question, How do earths plates interact to change the surface of the earth? During this inquiry explore some of the things a seismologist or volcanologist might do. Seismologists study earthquake activity on earth and volcanologists study volcanic activity and volcanoes on earth. OBJECTIVE: Locate and evaluate patterns in tectonic activity from real-time data on earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain building events Model and describe interactions at plate boundaries CONTENT QUESTION: How do earths plates interact to change the surface of the earth (crust)? HYPOTHESIS (PREDICTION): Include your answer to the question in the space below. Dont forget to give reasoning for your answer ( why). MATERIALS: Part I: World Map with longitude and latitude transparency Computers and USGS Website Part II: Modeling Clay Part III Ever Changing Earth Textbook Part IV: Hot Spot Maps Part V The Living Rock Film PLATE TECTONICS DEFINITION Before starting our investigation you will take a few notes to introduce you to plate tectonics. Record notes and do your best to record a working definition of plate tectonics. PART I: Plate Tectonics Real-time Data Collection Before looking at plate tectonics more in depth, you will be collecting earthquake and volcanic data from around the world. You will be working with in a small group to collect data from a real-time (up to the minute) website that displays earthquakes and volcanic activity around the world. After collecting and mapping this data, you will look for patterns to see why earthquakes and volcanoes occur in some areas and not others. PART I: Directions: 1) Log on to your computer and go to the following to the website you are assigned. Some of you will map volcanic activity and some of your will map earthquake activity. PLEASE NOTE THESE LINKS ARE AVAILABLE DIRECTOLY ON MY WIKI SPACE. USGS Earthquake Monitoring Website: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_all.php USGS Volcano Monitoring Website feed://www.volcano.si.edu/news/WeeklyVolcanoRSS.xml CLICK ON READ MORE FOR LOCATIONS 2) Here you will see a list of earthquakes / volcanic activity in the last week. You will be assigned a particular set of earthquakes or volcanoes to mark. You will mark on your transparency using...
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