The PLATES Project

University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas Institute for Geophysics

This is the web page for PLATES, a program of research into plate tectonic and geologic reconstructions at the University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics. The page contains links to a brief overview of plate tectonics and plate reconstructions using the PLATES Project's global plate reconstruction model, in addition to movies in the format of powerpoint animations which can be downloaded for later use. Models are shown on the evolution of the earth's oceans and the movement of the earth's tectonic plates from the Late Precambrian through the present day, reconstructing (i.e. "predicting") geological environments through geologic history. Maps of the following can be accessed: late Neo-Proterozoic, Silurian, early Jurassic, early Cretaceous, Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary, and Oligocene. Movies are available on the following subjects: global plate motion, Jurassic to present day, opening of the Indian Ocean, and tectonic evolution of the Arctic region.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geophysics
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Collection, Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Maps
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Focus on the Cretaceous: Paleogeography, Magmatism, Tectonics
Topics: Solid Earth:Geophysics, Time/Earth History, Solid Earth:Tectonics
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Plate Tectonics, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Geophysics