Featured in PASCO’s College Environmental Science Instructor Guide

College Environmental Science Instructor Guide

(PS-3809A)

College Instructor edition with experiments covering introductory and general environmental science topics.

Plate Tectonics

Lab Summary

Use My World GIS to analyze evidence supporting the theory of plate tectonics by studying data of fossil and glacier deposits, elevation and bathymetry, seafloor age, and earthquake and volcano locations.

**Requires My World GIS License.

Theory

In this lab, students learn about the theory of plate tectonics. They also:

  • Explore the theories of Pangaea and continental drift.
  • Use the data provided to design a conjecture that supports the theory of plate tectonics.

Method

Students gain experience conducting the following procedures: Analyzing several types of data that support the theories of Pangaea and continental drift, developed by Alfred Wegener, and the theory of plate tectonics. Using My World GIS to explore data regarding fossil and glacier deposits, elevation and bathymetry, seafloor age, and earthquake and volcano locations to explore the evidence for plate movement.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

My World GIS Classroom (10 seat) License

(SE-7352C)

Allows the installation and use of the Software on up to 10 computers within the confines of a single classroom or student laboratory at a K-12 educational institution, or on a single mobile cart.

The Associated Bundle:

College Environmental Science Sensor Bundle

(PS-2930A)

Contains the probeware needed to perform all 26 experiments in the College Environmental Science instructor guide.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.