Header Image for Discovering Plate Boundaries

Discovering Plate Boundaries has been selected for inclusion in the Reviewed Collection of the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)!

An article about Discovering Plate Boundaries was published in January 2005 in the Journal of Geoscience Education. Click to download the article.

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 I. Tilling
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 background.

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 of Geophysics.
".....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.

Curriculum Resources

Organizations using aspects of DPB

Home | Quick Start | Teachers Guide | Downloads | Order Kit | Resources | Presentations | Contact Us

Comments? E-mail dale@rice.edu
Last updated 31 July 2015