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  • Illustration of Earth with a large landmass in the central part of the globe. Caption: in a large supercontinent called Pangaea,

    Students will explore how the discoveries of specific fossils, the geographic fit of the continents, ocean floor magnetic fields, young ocean rocks, and seafloor spreading provide evidence to support the theory of plate tectonics. Footage from Iceland helps illustrate the power of tectonic movement. Other topics covered include continental drift, Pangaea, tectonic plates, plate boundaries, mountain building, folding, faulting, and landforms.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Map of the Earth with the continents and underlying tectonic plates outlined. Caption: is made up of many tectonic plates

    The geologic processes of mountain building, seafloor spreading and volcanoes are a few examples of the power of plate tectonics. Footage filmed on-location in Iceland, the Canadian Rockies, and Crater Lake help viewers understand the theory of plate tectonics. Colorful animations illustrate the movement of tectonic plates and the role this plays in the development of geologic features. Other terminology includes: theory of continental drift, mid-ocean ridge, plate boundaries, subduction, convergent boundary, and divergent boundary.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Illustration of a man sitting at a desk, looking off into the distance at nothing. Caption: Maybe the continents drifted apart.

    This animated short tells the story of Alfred Wegener, a German astronomer and atmospheric scientist, who came up with the idea that continents once formed a single landmass and had drifted apart. Continental drift explained why continents' shapes fit together like pieces of a puzzle and why distant continents had the same fossils. During Wegener’s time, the idea was met with hostility but after his death a large body of evidence showed that continents do indeed move. Today the theory of plate tectonics is a fundamental principle in geology.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Diagram of two plates of the Earth's crust causing an earthquake. The epicenter is at the junction point of the plates below the surface. Caption: Seismic waves - Waves that transmit the energy released by an earthquake.

    What is a seismic wave? Which of the four types is most destructive? Discover the science behind earthquakes with this animated video.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Boiling orange-red magma. Caption: the most violent natural forces in our planet--

    Volcanoes and earthquakes! Geysers and boiling mud! Natural forces like these have been working for millions of years, changing the surface of the earth. Examines the layers of earth, a history of continental drift, plate tectonics, and other phenomena at work on our planet.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • A photo of a glacier.

    This segment investigates the geosphere and its components, including plate tectonics, surface processes, and the rock cycle. It also discusses how geoscientists collect evidence to study past, present, and future changes by using computer-based technologies that model and monitor Earth’s systems and processes. Part of the "Visions of Earth" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Land and ocean as seen from above with tectonic plates outlined. Spanish captions.

    Part of a series that features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams, graphics, and labels. For this particular video, students will focus on earthquakes and the roll tectonic forces play in their occurrences along fault lines. Part of the Science Video Vocab series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Map of Earth against starry sky with the tectonic plates outlined around the continents. Caption: is covered by ten major tectonic plates,

    Plate tectonics describes the large-scale motion of large and small plates of the earth's lithosphere. As the plates slide past one another, they create friction and heat. The tension caused by the friction of heat is released either through earthquakes or volcanoes. Part of the "Earth Science" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Two parallel peaks of rock with a line of magma rising between them. Arrows point to each of the peaks. Divergent boundaries occur on the sea floor. Caption: The magma quickly hardens and forms.

    Do the continents move? In this segment, students learn the relationship between a molten core, plate tectonics, and continental drift. Part of the "Earth Science" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Land and ocean as seen from above with tectonic plates outlined. Caption: The tectonic plates naturally move along their edges

    Part of a series that features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams, graphics, and labels. For this particular video, students will focus on earthquakes and the roll tectonic forces play in their occurrences along fault lines. Part of the Science Video Vocab series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Map of Alaska with Anchorage displayed. 1964 Epicenter indicated on coastline in bay adjacent to Anchorage. Caption: The epicenter was in Prince William Sound

    America’s largest recorded earthquake happened on March 27, 2014 in Alaska. United States Geological Survey (USGS) sent geologists to study the impact and effects of the earthquake. The information gathered from the aftermath was essential in resolving key mechanisms of the developing theory of plate tectonics.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Map of the United States with NE, IA, KS, MO, AR, OK, NM, and TX marked. Pawnee, OK is at the epicenter of a circle indicating an earthquake. Caption: A 5.6 magnitude earthquake northeast of Oklahoma City.

    Cornell geophysicist Katie Keranen traveled to Oklahoma to study the increased occurrences of earthquakes. During her research, she discovered the increase in seismic activity is linked to the disposal of wastewater from fracking.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Diagram of two tectonic plates in the Earth's crust shifting in opposite directions. Caption: and energy is released, resulting in an earthquake.

    Through descriptions of actual volcanic and earthquake occurrences, students will discover how these dynamic forces affect the world. This video discusses the nature and causes of earthquakes and volcanoes. Other topics covered include molten rock, magma, lava, cinder cone, shield volcano, composite volcano, caldera, Ring of Fire, seismic waves, seismograph, and Richter scale.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Satellite image of Africa with two lines separating a portion of the southeast edge. Caption: and prepares to split Africa in two.

    Geologists discuss the tectonic forces that have formed the African continent. Evidence suggests that Africa was once separated from Eurasia by an ancient ocean. Once this ocean disappeared, the continents of Europe and Asia collided. Tectonic forces continue to shape the continent, and some experts believe Africa is being torn apart by these forces. Part of the "Voyage of the Continents" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Tall, snowy, and rocky mountain as seen from below. Caption: Is Everest shrinking or growing?

    As shown on the History Channel. It is the tallest and biggest mountain on Earth, as far removed from sea level as it's possible to be--and yet its sedimentary layers contain fossils that were once creatures that lived on the ocean seabed. The Himalayas formed when India smashed into Asia--propelled by plate tectonics. Everest is still rising but its height is limited--extreme erosion counteracts and limits the amount of uplift.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Fish packed in being dumped out of a bucket onto a metal production line. Caption: I think we have a good product because of our regulations.

    How does seafood get from the ocean to the plate? This video shows the journey U.S. seafood makes to get to the tables of hungry seafood lovers. Viewers are also given tips for making sustainable food choices.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Illustration of a plate of Earth's crust being pushed beneath a second plate. Caption: (narrator) As the two plates moved towards each other,

    As shown on the History Channel. From Alaska to New Mexico, the Rockies are one of the great mountain belts of the world--caused by tectonic forces of the Pacific Plate pushing against the North American continent. They have formed as the earth's continental crust has been shortened under pressure, by around one inch a year. What's more, they are still rising and they are still young in geologic terms: when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth they had not even started to form.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Screenshot: Phet Simulation - Capacitor Lab: Basics. Adjustable voltage for a batery connected to two plates where you can adjust the separation of the plates in mm and the Plate Area.  Output shows the Capacitance in pF.  Various options for the view, plate charges, Bar graphs, electric field, current and a volte meter.

    An early exploration (2015) into how to make a sim accessible has taken place for Capacitor Lab Basics. The sim is keyboard navigable with some auditory descriptions when using 'Forms' mode with a screen reader. We are working on updating the content and the interactions, so that the simulation can be accessed by a screen reader in any mode. This prototype has been tested with NVDA and Firefox.

    (Source: PhET Interactive Simulations)

  • Iceland as seen from above. Mostly green with a few central patches of ice and snow. Caption: Iceland is an oceanic island

    The Earth has many land formations such as mountains, plateaus, hills, and plains. These formations are created by movement of the earth’s plates, volcanoes, weather, and erosion. Part of the Real World Science series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • A subduction zone. In a subduction zone oceanic plate dives beneath the continental plate. Contact at time equal zero. G P S at time equals zero. Caption: Megathrust earthquakes most commonly occur

    In this segment, William D. Barnhart, assistant professor at The University of Iowa, discusses megathrust earthquakes. Part of the "Ask a Scientist" series.

    (Source: DCMP)



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    • Simulation

    A collection of simulations from PhET.

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    Biology related concepts

    A collection containing 59 resources, curated by Benetech