IS VPS 5x-Earth Explorer Info and Distribution-Testing this site
The EarthExplorer application provides a complete, modular lesson
about plate tectonics. This is a beta release version that includes
only the data access and presentation capabilities. A list of the final
features is below.
Features in the beta version:
- xxUnderstand the theory of plate tectonics and its role in shaping the surface of the Earth.
- Use real Earth data to explore the evidence that supports the theory.
- Use student selected evidence to make a scientific argument in support of the theory of plate tectonics.
Features that will be in the release version(s):
- Point and click access to a rich source of data that can be used to support the theory of plate tectonics.
that can be accessed are: elevation, earthquakes, seafloor age,
volcanoes, island ages, and heat flow. These data support
investigations of plate boundaries, seafloor spreading rates, spreading
rates from the movement of plates over hot spots, and others I haven't
- Data can be plotted in map and cross section views.
- See Overview Movie of Beta Version for a demonstration of the data access and edit module.
Licensing is free to students and teachers.
- Slide show, animations and movies that explain the theory of plate tectonics.
- Multiple choice quizzes so students can self-test their understanding.
- Support for assembling and writing a scientific argument to support the theory of plate tectonics.
- For the teacher: support for efficient grading of student work and csv export of grades for import into a LMS.
- More, depending on demand.
Application download links:
Alert: On Macintosh, the first time
you launch this program, you must hold down the control key, then
double click the application icon.
On windows, try the same thing. Haven't tested it yet, but will as soon
as I can. This note will be changed to reflect the results.
Macintosh Version Download (Click here)
Feedback requested. Also, if you request, I will notify you when new versions are available:
Send feedback to:
William A. Prothero, PhD.
University of California, Santa Barbara