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Plate Tectonics Theory Lesson



There's a continent called Pangaea?! Well, there once was. Hundreds of millions of years ago, Earth looked completely different from how it does today. All of the land was packed into a single supercontinent. Geologist Alfred Wegener theorized that this giant landmass split into chunks and slowly drifted apart. Rejected at first by the scientific community, Wegener's theory of continental drift eventually was proved correct: The earth's crust is split up into dozens of pieces called tectonic plates, which float on top of the mantle. Warmed by the blazing-hot core, the mantle churns in circular convection currents, dragging tectonic plates along for the ride. Today, plate tectonics is the unifying theory of the entire field of geology. It explains the rock cycle, the origin of Earth's surface features, and the cause of seismic activity, such as earthquakes and volcanoes. Get the drift? Watch this movie to learn more!

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Plate Tectonic Theory by Sudarshan Gurjar for UPSC CSE - Lecture 1

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Plate Tectonics

A quick overview of plate tectonics. Visit my website at to check out recent blog entries, videos, and more, including worksheets to go along with my science videos.


Tectonics is the process that controls the structure and properties of the Earth's crust and its evolution through time.
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In particular, it describes the processes of mountain building, the growth and behavior of the strong, old cores of continents known as cratons, and the ways in which the relatively rigid plates that constitute the Earth's outer shell interact with each other.

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Lesson 16: The Unifying Theory of Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics. The deceivingly simple concept that has deep implications for every facet of geology. Here is an introduction…


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Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons, Tectonic Plates Map: USGS

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Introduction to Plate Tectonics

This is a new HD dramatic video choreographed to powerful music that introduces the viewer/student to the dramatic process of Plate Tectonics. It is designed as a motivational trailer to be shown in class by Earth Science and Geology teachers in middle and high school and college as a visual Introduction highlighting this amazing geologic process on Earth.

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Plate Tectonic Theory - Part of Of Lithosphere - IAS Geography Optional for UPSC Exam

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Plate Tectonic Theory - Part of Of Lithosphere, Types of Six Major Plate and minor plates and their three types of movements. Magma roles in diversion of boundaries.


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Our Earth is made of large pieces (land masses) called plates.These land masses move around the way bath toys move around in the bathtub.Theory explaining these movements of plates is known as plate tectonics. This is also known as continental drift.

Continental Drift

A brief introduction to Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift, which would lay the groundwork for the development of plate tectonic theory, which essentially explains the geology of the Earth.

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Lesson 5 - Theory of Plate Tectonics

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Plate Tectonics

Mr. Andersen describes how plate tectonics shapes our planet. Continental and oceanic platers are contrasted and major plate boundaries are discussed.

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Plate Tectonics - 5 Elements, 3 Process and 3 Boundaries with Illustrations

Concept of plate tectonics, the elements of plate tectonics, its process and boundaries are explained in this video by Dr. Manishika Jain.
All the elements are explained with illustrations and the three boundaries viz., convergent, divergent and transform are discussed in this lecture.

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Plate Tectonics—History of How it was Discovered (Educational)

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The theory of plate tectonics represents a fairly young science. The Father of Plate Tectonics, Alfred Wegener wasn't recognised when he proposed Continental Drift in 1912. It would take another 50 years to be accepted. And yet, in the year 1596 the process was already considered by cartographer Abraham Ortelius. This animation gives an overview of the most-recognized proponents (and opponents) of Plate Tectonics Theory up into the 1960's.

Narrated by Dr. Wendy Bohon, Informal education specialist for IRIS
Written and animated by Jenda Johnson, Earth Sciences Animated.
World maps and earthquake locations from IRIS Earthquake Browser
Early maps, photos, and images are in public domain
Pangea and Ridge magnetics animations from the Educational Multimedia Visualization Center of the Department of Earth Science, U.C. Santa Barbara
Animation of the seismic tomography data from EarthScope by Kasrah Hosseini, University of Oxford
Music: Far From Home, by Kai Engel, Tanz und Nachtanz performed by Capella de la Torre

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