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Plate Boundaries and Movement - LabPurpose:To observe how convection moves Earth’s plates and how plate boundariesare formedQuestion:What effect does plate movement have on geologic events and structures onEarth's surface?Hypothesis:If convection currents happen due to heat from the Earth’s core, thenplates will move and cause the formation of geologic structures and events to occur onEarth’s surface.Independent Variable:temperature of water, amount of heatDependent Variable:How the food coloring/papers moveMaterials:Used the Edgenuity virtual demonstrations of:-Long, rectangular container-Food coloring-8 sheets of paper-Water-Candle/heaterProcedure:(From the Student Guide)Step 1:Prepare for the project.Step 2:Open the virtual lab.Step 3:Prepare the convection model.Step 4:Observe the movement of the food coloring and paper.Step 5:Observe how convection moves pieces of paper.Step 6:Model how a divergent boundary occurs.Step 8:Model how a convergent boundary occurs between an oceanic plate and acontinental plate.Step 9:Model a transform boundary.
Table A: Movement of Food Coloring and Pieces of Paper in Cool WaterTime(minutes:seconds)Food Coloring MovementPaper Movement0:30(2:30 on timer)Starting to spread out into a largercircleStayed the same for the most part,but moving away from each other1:00(2:00 on timer)Spreading into a larger circle, butstays in the middleThe four papers that are besideeach other on either side staytogether, but there is a splitbetween the eight of them andthey move apart1:30(1:30 on timer)

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