Plate Tectonics

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  • Thanks for stopping by to learn about Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes and Earthquakes. This is a resource website by an international organization of students who are interested in learning about Plate Tectonics as well as Volcanoes and Earthquakes in particular. They want to share knowledge, ideas, facts and interesting findings.
  • Plate Tectonics is the geologic theory that explains geologic activity of the earth resulting from the slow movement of large sections or lithospheric slabs called plates.
  • Plate tectonics is the study of movement of Earth's plates, called tectonic plates, that result in geologic activities. The information below explains the theory of plate tectonics.
  • What are the layers of the Earth? The Earth has many layers.
  • The terms lithosphere and asthenosphere are often used in plate tectonics. In the theory of plate tectonics, the earth is divided into layers, see Layers of the Earth.
  • There are 3 types of tectonic plate boundaries. Types of Plate Boundaries are classified based on the way the tectonic plates move in relation to one another creating different surface phenomena.
  • In plate tectonics there are three types of boundaries; divergent boundaries, convergent boundaries and transform boundaries.
  • Convergent boundaries occur when two or more tectonic plates are move toward one another and some colliding.
  • With transform boundaries, when tectonic plates come near each other horizontally, they slide past each other forming large transform faults or fracture zones.
  • Plate Tectonics is an interesting topic to study at school. Below is information to help you design plate tectonics lesson plans for middle schoolers. More Plate Tectonics Lesson Plans are added regularly.