Plate Tectonics Reading Guide:

This is a list of web resources with reading materials relevant to the topic of plate tectonics.  After looking at the following information students should be able to describe earth’s interior, multiple tectonic plates and their interaction with other plates, boundary types, convection, hot spots, and paleomagnetism by answering the following questions:

1)      What is the structure of earth’s interior including the names, depths, and behavior of layers; specific boundaries between layers; and evidence explaining earth’s layers.

2)      What are some of earth’s major tectonic plates, how do plates interact, and what geologic features are associated with the different types of plate boundaries?

3)      What are some of the driving mechanisms thought to cause tectonic plates to move, and how do these mechanisms work?

4)      What is a hot spot, where are examples of hot spots, what geologic features are associated with one, and how can they be used to determine the speed of tectonic plates?

5)      What is the study of paleomagnetism, where is this study applied, and what does it tell us about earth’s past, present, and future?

 

This Dynamic Earth - https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/dynamic.html#anchor10790904

 

This Dynamic Earth web site is produced by the United States Geological Survey.  The main site listed above is then subdivided into multiple sub-links (SL) each covering specific topics related to plate tectonics which are listed on the main page under the content section.   Within each sub-link listed under content, there are more specific links labelled as sidebars (sb).  The specific readings listed below relate to the topics covered in questions 1 -5 above.

 

Q1) SL . Preface - https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/preface.html

SL . Historical Perspective - https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/historical.html

sb . Inside Earth - https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/inside.html

sb. Alfred Wegener - https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/wegener.html

sb. Polar Dinosaurs in Australia? - https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/polar.html

SL . Developing the Theory - https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/developing.html

 

Q2) SL. Historical Perspective - https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/historical.html

sb . What is a Tectonic Plate -  https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/tectonic.html

 

Q3) SL. Understanding Plate Motions - https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/understanding.html

SL. Some Unanswered Questions - https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/unanswered.html

 

Q4) SL. Hot Spots: Mantle Thermal Plumes - https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/hotspots.html

sb. J. Tuzo Wilson – https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/Wilson.html

sb. Long Trail of Hawaii Hot Spot - https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/Hawaiian.html

 

 

Q5) SL. Developing the Theory - https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/developing.html

sb . Magnetic Stripes and Isotopic clocks - https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/stripes.html

sb. Harry Hammond Hess – https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/HHH.html

sb. Exploring the Deep Ocean Floor - https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/exploring.html