- Students will plot recent earthquakes and volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean on a map to discover the relationship between these events and the plate boundaries.
- Students will use their maps of earthquakes and volcanoes to predict the types of boundaries in the "Ring of Fire".
- plate boundary
- tectonic plate
About the Lesson
This lesson allows students to plot actual earthquake and volcano data in order to map the boundaries of the Pacific plate.
As a result, students will:
- Understand the physical characteristics and spatial patterns on the Earth's surface related to plate tectonics.
- Describe what may happen when plate boundaries meet (e.g., earthquakes, volcanoes, faults, mountain building).