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.

Global Volcanism Project

Smithsonian Institute - The Global Volcanism Program documents, analyzes, and disseminates information about global volcanic activity.

USGS Earthquake Site

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

Classics

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

Earth Observatory / NASA

Current Science News

News from around the world of science.

Research

Google Scholar

Google - Research database allows searching of the scholarly literature.

Experiment!

Plate Tectonics Activity

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

Global Plate Reconstructions

Dr. Ron Blakey, Professor of Geology, Northern Arizona University - Shows the global plate movements from the Late Proterozoic to the present

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