Resources that support DPB
Plate Tectonics Websites (comments by Stephanie Shipp, Rice University)
This Dynamic Earth, a USGS resource by W. Jacquelyne Kious and Robert
Well used across Web as a plate tectonic reference. Good overview of plate
tectonics, history, and people involved in the process. Goes into moderate
detail of processes. Moderately good figures. Approximate target: teacher
University of California at Berkeley's Plate Tectonics page, associated
with the Museum of Paleontology (http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu).
Intermediate level discussion of history and process of plate tectonics.
Good supplemental information; not comprehensive. Low-level graphics.
Offers a wide variety of animations from Scotese's program (e.g., plate
movements for last 750 million years) that may be useful for students.
Approximate target: teacher supplemental background.
Paleomap project from Chris Scotese, former researcher at UT Austin Institute
".....plate tectonic development of ocean basins / continents, as
well as the changing distribution of land and sea during the past 1100
million years....." Good maps, animations. Minimal information, but
accurate framework of tectonic and geologic history info. Navigation of
the site, size of animations, and map projections need help. Especially
nice: tectonic views of the future. Check out India! Approximate target:
teacher supplemental background. Could be used with older students to
generate questions and research.
Interesting, somewhat-interactive ocean floor map (the original by Heezen
and Tharp). When visitors select a map location, an annotated zoom-in
window appears. Framework of tectonic information, provided at an introductory
level, appears with the zoomed region. Approximate target: could be used
with middle level students to generate questions and research.
PBS overview of plate tectonics and the key individuals involved in pulling
together the theory. Nice, simple graphics, easy navigation. Approximate
target: middle school students.
Organizations using aspects of DPB