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Plate Tectonics Theory Lesson


Plate Tectonics Explained

How do plate tectonics REALLY work?

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Plate Tectonics

A quick overview of plate tectonics, including a look at the different types of plate boundaries; convergent, divergent, and transform.

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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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Everything you need to know to get started with Plate Tectonics, by Ray Huff

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Plate Tectonics Basics

Review of basic Plate Tectonics. This is a revised version -- cleaning up the graphics and the script/narration. I deleted the original version, which had 17,110 views, 4 comments, 81 thumbs ups, and 3 thumbs downs.

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Part of a 7-part Plate Tectonics video series:
Part 1: Earth Layers & Isostasy
Part 2: Plate Tectonics Basics
Part 3: Plate Tectonics Global Impacts
Part 4: Plate Tectonics and California Geology
Part 5: Hotspots
Part 6: Paleomagnetism
Part 7: Hydrothermal Vents.

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.

Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics Theory for kids

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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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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 Tectonics: Broken Down For Students

Plate tectonics explained in a simplified way for students to grasp the major concepts of plate motion and plate boundaries (convergent, divergent and transform).

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 Tectonic Theory by Sudarshan Gurjar for UPSC CSE - Lecture 1

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

The theory of plate tectonics represents a fairly young science. The Father of Plate Tectonics, Alfred Wegener wasn't recognized 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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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.

The Early Earth and Plate Tectonics

The Earth is formed by accretion of spatial particulates and large masses and eventually forms an outer crust. Video follows with speculation of early plates and land masses and their movement through time. **Clip is from National Geographic**

Lesson 1 Theory of Plate Tectonics

Theory of Plate Tectonics, Continental Drift, Seafloor spreading

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The Changing Landscape of Plate Tectonics

W. Jason Morgan, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University; Visiting Scholar, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

Plate tectonic theory, a milestone in twentieth-century science, has been instrumental in advancing our understanding of Earth’s geological history, the formation of its surface features, and its earthquake movement. Geophysicist W. Jason Morgan—who introduced plate tectonics at a 1967 meeting of the American Geophysical Union—will discuss how the theory came about, highlighting both the role of ocean exploration in the 1950s and 1960s and early observations of seafloor spreading and ocean magnetic anomalies. He will also touch on the advances made in understanding Earth’s movements since the development of space geodesy instruments and technologies.

Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

Recorded - February 22, 2018



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