Monday 24 February 2020

Understanding plate tectonic processes

 New ELI today - 'What do the top and bottom of a tectonic plate look like? Questions to test understanding of plate tectonic processes'.
When asked to draw tectonic plates on cross sectional diagrams, many students have drawn plates deep beneath the surface, thus showing a lack of understanding of plate processes.
This deep question discussion tests understanding not only of the tops of plates but also of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) at the bases of plates, currently the focus of much geoscientific research across the world.
Search the alphabetical index or the keyword search on our website for many more activities related to plate tectonics.

Monday 17 February 2020

Power sources

'Power through the window; which power source might be built in the view you can see from your window?'

Are you a NIMBY? Pupils are asked to think about which sorts of power source (power station, wind farm or wave power plant) COULD be built in the view through their window – before considering which of them SHOULD be built there.
Many activities about power sources can be found on our website.

Monday 10 February 2020

Recent research in plate tectonics

This week we have two updates in plate tectonics:
'UPDATE: Recent research in plate tectonics (2020)'
'UPDATE: Follow the Joides Resolution research ship at sea (2020)'

The first activity involves students investigating web-based material aimed at updating their understanding of the nature of the oceanic lithosphere and the processes involved in sea-floor spreading in different oceans.
Similarly, following the Joides Resolution research ship gives web-based resources enabling students to follow the current work of geoscientists at sea.
Many activities about plate tectonics can be found on our website.

Monday 3 February 2020

Solar eclipse - the Moon hides the Sun

'Why does the Sun disappear? Demonstrate what happens when the Moon hides the Sun'

This activity can be carried out when investigating our Solar system. It compares the relative sizes and positions of the Moon and the Sun in relation to the Earth.
Similar activities can be found in our 'Earth in Space' catgory on the website.