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|Explore how plates move on the surface of the earth. Change temperature, composition, and thickness of plates. Discover how to create new mountains, volcanoes, or oceans!|
- Plate Tectonics
- Earth Science
Sample Learning Goals
- Describe the differences between oceanic and continental crust, including their respective properties of density, composition, temperature and thickness.
- Predict how changes in composition and temperature change crust density and buoyancy.
- Draw a time series for different types of plate boundaries and their motions, indicating the related surface features.
- Deduce the type of plate boundary given images or descriptions of surface features.
- Explain which types of plate boundaries create crust, and which destroy crust
Tips for Teachers
The teacher's guide (pdf) contains tips created by the PhET team.
|Simulation compatibility by Device||Oliver Nix||Other||Other||7/21/14|
|PhET Plate Tectonics||David Moutoux||HS||Lab||9/27/13|
|Plate Tectonics||Karen Mogren||HS||Lab||3/30/13|
|Plate Tectonics Inquiry||Courtney Fadley, Noah Podolefsky||MS||Lab||11/30/12|
|NGSS Simulation Alignment/Correlation||Matthew Huffine||UG-Intro
|Plate Motions Lab Sheet||Brian Puls||MS
You can submit your own ideas and activities.
Sun Java 1.5.0_15 or later
OS 10.5 or later
Sun Java 1.5.0_19 or later
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