Map of plate boundaries, selected earthquakes, and GPS velocities relative to NAM08 reference frame (fixed to the stable cratonic interior of North America), produced using UNAVCO's GPS Velocity Viewer.
Plate Tectonics Lab (Chapter 2)
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- The reading assignments are in the required laboratory manual (textbook) listed near the bottom of this document.
- You must submit  the original paper lab-activity sheets on which you have recorded your answers (stapled together in order), and  a PDF file containing scans of the completed laboratory activities to your laboratory instructor before the end of your lab meeting. Instructions for submitting your lab work will be provided in the days to come.
- The end-of-lab quiz must be completed via the Canvas LMS within 6 hours after your laboratory meeting ends.
- View the pronunciation guide for geoscience terms used in the relelvant chapter of the AGI/NAGT Lab Manual at Pronouncing Terms from the Plate Tectonics Chapter.
- View the video introducing the material in Chapter 2 of the AGI/NAGT Lab Manual at https://goo.gl/NrcXgB.
- Read: AGI/NAGT Lab Manual, chapter 2, Section Introduction and all of its subsections, Pages 29-33.
- Read: AGI/NAGT Lab Manual, chapter 2, Section Where Are Plates Going? Subsections Motion, but Relative to What? and Instantaneous Versus Finite Displacements and Velocities, Pages 35-36.
- View: the IRIS video on Plate Boundaries & Tectonic Plates https://youtu.be/Xzpk9110Lyw
- Do: AGI/NAGT Lab Manual, chapter 2, Activity 2.1, Plate Motion from Different Frames of Reference, p. 47-48.
- Do: AGI/NAGT Lab Manual, chapter 2, Activity 2.2, Plate Motion and the San Andreas Fault, p. 49-50.
- Read: AGI/NAGT Lab Manual, chapter 2, Sections GPS — Global Positioning System, Using GPS to Study Lithospheric Plate Motion, and What Do Hotspots Tell Us About Plate Motion? and all of their subsections, Pages 36-40.
- View: the IRIS video on hotspot volcanism: https://youtu.be/AhSaE0omw9o
- Do: AGI/NAGT Lab Manual, chapter 2, Activity 2.4, Hotspots and Plate Motions, p. 53-54.
- Scan/Read: AGI/NAGT Lab Manual, chapter 2, Section Exploring Basic Properties of Earth Materials and all of its subsections, Pages 41-43.
- Read: AGI/NAGT Lab Manual, chapter 2, Section Earth's Magnetism and Paleomagnetism and all of its subsections, Pages 44-46.
- Do: AGI/NAGT Lab Manual, chapter 2, Activity 2.6, Paleomagnetic Stripes and Seafloor Spreading, p. 57-58.
- View: the IRIS video on Earthquakes and Tectonics of Western South America: https://youtu.be/j1rcpx-QZqA
- Do: AGI/NAGT Lab Manual, chapter 2, Activity 2.8, Using Earthquakes to Identify Plate Boundaries, p. 61-62.
Summary of Assigned Lab Activities for This Week: Activities 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, and 2.8
OPTIONAL but Recommended: Take advantage of any of the following videos:
(IRIS is a university research consortium that Baylor is a member of — the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.)
Required Textbook And Online Resources
AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, 12th edition (paper copy)
Print Lab Manual ISBN: 9780135836972
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