Plate Tectonics: Consequences of Plate Interactions

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Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the fourth of five Science Objects in the Plate Tectonic SciPack. It identifies the events that may occur and landscapes that form as a result of different plate interactions. The areas along plate margins are active. Plates pushing against one another can cause earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain formation, and very deep ocean trenches. Plates pulling apart from one another can cause smaller earthquakes, magma rising to the surface, volcanoes, and oceanic valleys and mountains from sea-floor spreading. Plates sliding past one another can cause earthquakes and rock deformation.

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Reviews (6)
  • on Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:41 PM

Review: Wow! This is such a great SciPac. I enjoy plate tectonics and this was very organized right from the start. Someone can speed through and be reminded, as I was or even take time to learn all of the material covered. Plate tectonics are fun to me also because one can actually SEE science in action at divergent, convergent and even transform boundaries. I love that this SciPac also shows consequences in the news!

Jessica H
Jessica H

  • on Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:37 PM

The theories are based on solid evidence, but I will need to review this evidence several times to get it all straight. The formative assessments are a great way to check for your own understanding. I keep hearing Johnny Cash sing "Ring of Fire" in my head!

Robin Willig  (Rye Brook, NY)
Robin Willig (Rye Brook, NY)

  • on Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:39 AM

I really enjoy Science Objects. In 1-3 hours, the Plate Tectonics: Consequences of Plate Interactions Science Object will help me re-learn, refresh, or learn for the first time some critical science concepts I will have to know to obtain my Science Educator credentials. I appreciate that I can complete them at my own pace, and that, if used as park of a SciPack, I have access to a content expert to go to for help. The NSTA Learning Center Science Objects are very beneficial! Not only will they enrich my teaching, the knowledge will enrich my life.

Naomi Beverly  (Marietta, GA)
Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA)

  • on Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:39 PM

i've done several science objects and this whole series is particularly well done. Clear explanations and good explorations.


  • on Mon Dec 26, 2011 3:35 PM

This resource was neatly packed with information to help even the most apprehensive of learners to identify differences among the various boundaries (divergent, convergent, and transform). From the creation of new crust to the destruction of old crust, this science object guides you through a series of small episodes that clearly and concisely describes what happens as a result of the interactions between tectonic plates.

Lorrie Armfield  (Laurel, MD)
Lorrie Armfield (Laurel, MD)

  • on Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:36 PM

This resource provides interesting information on the geologic activity at the boundaries between tectonic plates.

James Arimond  (Sarasota, FL)
James Arimond (Sarasota, FL)

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