Plate TectonicsPlates, Plate Boundaries, and Driving Forces

by Anne Egger, Ph.D.

Further Exploration

Discover Our Earth

Cornell University - This site allows you to explore the concepts of plate tectonics in more detail, even including an interactive mapping tool called QUEST.

Global Volcanism Program

Smithsonian Institute - The Global Volcanism Program (GVP) has up to the minute information about volcanic eruptions worldwide and a downloadable database of recent eruptions.

USGS Earthquake Site

U.S. Geological Survey - The USGS hosts a real-time earthquake map and a downloadable database of all earthquakes since 1990.


1906 San Francisco Earthquake

San Francisco Museum - This site offers eyewitness accounts of the Great 1906 San Francisco quake.

News & Events

Drilling the San Andreas Fault

Stanford Report

The Effects of the Mt. Pinatubo Eruption

U.S. Geological Survey

Current Science News

News from around the world of science.


Google Scholar

Google - Research database allows searching of the scholarly literature.


Plate Tectonics Activity

PBS - An interactive plate tectonics animation that illustrates the processes occurring at plate boundaries. 

Reconstructing Pangaea

Cornell University - You can move and rotate the continents to reconstruct Pangaea. 

Geologists have a new game of chess to play, using a spherical board and strange new rules.
—Patrick M. Hurley, 1968