Session #2 Plate Tectonics Part II

Plate Tectonics: The Driving Force

The theory of plate tectonics provides Earth scientists with an extraordinarily successful framework for understanding earthquakes, the uplift and erosion of mountains, volcanoes, and most other aspects of earth sciences (tectonics refers to processes that move solid rock). That is why we began in the last session with an explanation of plate tectonics, and will continue today with earthquakes and volcanoes. You will note that this is not the order in which these topics are presented in your textbooks. But it makes sense to us—after all, given the movement of the plates, something is bound to erupt!

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