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9.2 Tectonic Impacts


Plates and their motion Plate movement and mountain building Continent growth Locations of earthquakes and volcanoes, predicting earthquakes and volcanoes
Hazards associated with earthquakes Hazards associated with volcanoes Case study of a recent natural disaster associated with tectonic activity Plate tectonics and climate

 

It's Just a Theory - a WebQuest produced by UniServe Science on the Theory of Plate Tectonics

Volcano World - lesson plans including resources and activities- whilst mainly aimed at Years 5-8 these area god starting point

Plates and their motion

Plate Tectonics, the Cause of Earthquakes - Discusses models of plate motion and the relationship to earthquake, volcanic and other environments - from University of Nevada. Offers excellent images.

Discovering Plate Boundaries - from Rice University offers activity-based learning, materials available from Download page

Processes that occur along plate boundaries. - Animations from Exploring Earth, McDougal Littell, Classzone

Future plate movements - Animation from Exploring Earth, McDougal Littell, Classzone

Paleoclimate Map Animation - click and drag slowly across the map to see a reversing view of the earth, download may be slow

When the Earth Moves - from Beyond Discovery, The National Academy of Sciences

This Dynamic Earth - excellent booklet from US Geological Survey

This Dynamic Planet: A Teaching Companion - resources and activities from US Geological Survey

This Dynamic Planet - from Smithsonian Istitute - includes interactive map of major plate tectonic features

Dynamic Earth - teaching resources and graphics from Leeds University

Earth's Interior & Plate Tectonics - includes link to Crustal Plate Boundaries map, from Views of the Solar System

Plate Tectonics - from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

Plate Tectonics: The Mechanism - from Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley

Plate Tectonics - from Online Journey Through Astronomy, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Volcanoes of Australia - from John Seach, data supplied allows plotting on a map, images must be purchased

The San Andreas Fault - from USGS


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Plate movement and mountain building

A Plate Tectonic Rock Cycle - from James Madison University

The Cyclical Opening and Closing of Ocean Basins - from James Madison University

Mountain Building - from Exploring Earth, McDougal Littell, Classzone

Tectonics Through Times - includes the Wilson Cycle, from Leeds University

A Tectonic Rock Cycle - a clickable diagram of the rock cycle in relation to Plate Tectonics - from James Madison University

Consequences of Plate Tectonics - from Online Journey Through Astronomy, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

World Ocean Floors - a map of the plate boundaries with clickable areas that provide local maps and commentary on tectonic features

Plate Tectonics A Whole New Way of Looking at Your Planet - on-line textbook covers Mountain Ranges, Subduction Zones, Island Arcs and Hot Spots

Australia has its ups and downs - from CSIRO


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Continent growth

Continental Birth and Evolution through Geologic Time - from Monash University (pdf 156.8kB)

Synopsis of Plate Tectonic Theory And Its Implications for Earth History - from James Madison University


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Locations of earthquakes and volcanoes, predicting earthquakes and volcanoes

Animations - a series of animations from "Exploring Earth" - Plate Tectonics, eathquakes, volcanoes and mountain building

Australia's Earthquake News - details of all the latest earthquakes in Austrlai (including location and magnitude)from the Seismology Research Centre

Recent Earthquakes Measured by Geoscience Australia - from Geoscience Australia

Earthquake Information and Response Page for West Australian Seismicity - from University of Western Australia

Virtual Earthquake - locate the epicentre of an earthquake, from California State University, Los Angeles

Basic Seismology - from the Seismology Research Centre, including Earthquakes in Australia

Monitoring Active Volcanoes - from United States Geological Survey

Benefits of Volcano Monitoring Far Outweigh Costs-The Case of Mount Pinatubo - from United States Geological Survey

Sulfur dioxide emission rates of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, 1979-1997 - from United States Geological Survey


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Hazards associated with earthquakes

Earthquakes - at Exploring Earth, includes investigations, interactives, visualisations and data centres

Natural Hazards - from Geoscience Australia- includes information on other Natural Hazards, including volcanoes and tsunamis

Plate tectonics and people - from the booklet, This Dynamic Earth - the Story of Plate Tectonics, USGS

Calculating the threat of tsunami - from NOVA, Australian Academy of Science

Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Landslides - from USGS


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Hazards associated with volcanoes

Fact Sheets from United States Geological Survey - a range of hazrd fact sheets including those related to volcanoes, eathquakes and tsunamis

Volcanic eruptions, prediction, hazard assessment, remote sensing, and societal implications - from School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii

Volcano and Hydrologic Hazards, Features, and Terminology - from USGS, inlcudes Gas Emissions, Lahars, Ash Flows, Volcanic-Related Floods and Volcanic Smog ("Vog")

Types and Effects of Volcano Hazards - from United States Geological Survey Volcanic Hazards Progam

Ash properties & dispersal by wind - from US Geological Survey


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Case study of a recent natural disaster assocated with tectonic activity

Tsunamis 1980 to present

Samoan Tsunami September 2009

Villages Wiped Out - news article

Details of destruction - early news article from ABC - death toll rose much higher than reported in this article

Indonesia earthquake, 2006

Magnitude 6.3 - JAVA, INDONESIA - from US Geological Survey

Yogyakarta 27 May, 2006 Earthquake - from of the damage from Volcano Discovery

Indian Ocean Tsunami, 26th December 2004

Tsunami - set of resources from UniServe Science

Earthquake at Izmit, Turkey in 1999

U.S. Geological Survey 1999 Scientific Expedition to Turkey Field Investigations of the 1999 Izmit Earthquake - report from USGS

Turkey's Tragedy - from The Why Files?

The Aitape Earthquake and Tsunami, Papua New Guinea, 1998

Operation Shaddock -- the Australian Defence Force response to the tsunami disaster in Papua New Guinea - a report by Australian Defence Force medical and other personnel at the site

The July 17, 1998 Papua New Guinea Tsunami - with simulation of the formation of the tsunami

Rabaul Caldera, Papua New Guinea, 1994

Rabaul Caldera, Papua New Guinea, September-October 1994 eruptions and current activity - from Michigan State University. These pages include location maps, photographs from Australian television sources, satellite images and lots more

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Plate tectonics and climate

Plate tectonics and the evolution of climate - from Department of Geophysics, Stanford University

Plate Tectonics and Climate - from a lecturer on Meteorology and Climatology at Wichita State University


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Icehouse/greenhouse and plate tectonics super-cycle - this content was removed in the September 2002 revision but is included here for extension and interest

The Snowball Earth - by Paul F. Hoffman and Daniel P. Schrag (published in in Scientific American, January, 2000) from Harvard University

Climatologist's Toolbox - from the Whyfiles, University of Wisconsin

Climate Change; a summary of some present knowledge and theories - includes "The geological perspective"

Mount Pinatubo - from School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii - includes the effect of the 1991 eruption on the climate


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