This Dynamic Earth: the Story of Plate Tectonics

W. Kious, Robert Tilling, USGS - Volunteer For Science, USGS - Volcano Hazards Team

This publication provides an introduction to the theory of plate tectonics. It was intended as a companion to the map entitled 'This Dynamic Planet', published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Smithsonian Institution. Topics include the history and development of the theory, lines of evidence, plate motions and interactions, hotspots, what drives plate motion, and extraterrestrial plate tectonics. It can be viewed online, downloaded, or purchased in hardcopy. Ordering information is provided.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Historical Geology, Structural Geology
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Maps
Grade Level: Middle (6-8), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Plate Tectonics, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Structural Geology
Topics: Human Dimensions/Resources, Earth surface, Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics, Time/Earth History, Solid Earth:Structural GeologyKeywords: plate motion, thermal plume