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Sea Floor Spreading

Published on 12/31/2013

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will use a simulation to explore the relationship between continental drift and seafloor spreading.

Objectives

  • Students will relate continental drift to seafloor spreading.
  • Students will understand the role of mid-ocean ridges in seafloor spreading.

Vocabulary

  • ridge
  • trench
  • seafloor spreading
  • seismic
  • tectonic plate
  • continent

About the Lesson

In this lesson, students will use a simulation to explore the relationship between continental drift and seafloor spreading.

 As a result, students will…

  • Measure the distance between South America and Africa over a 120 million year time span.
  • Understand how the age of the ocean floor relates to its distance from a mid-ocean ridge.

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