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Each and every year earthquakes and volcanoes interrupt the lives of thousands around the world.  The shaking and rumbling are just signals that the planet on which we live is not geologically dead, but is a dynamic system which is undergoing constant change.  Examine any world map and you will also see that our planet is not uniform – not only is 70% of the planet covered by water, but the land has massive mountain ranges, deep valleys and substantial plains.  Drain the water away from the oceans and you would discover more vast mountain ridges and very deep trenches.

For years people tried to understand how all these things could be related.  It was the evolution of the theory of Plate Tectonics that provided us with a unifying idea – a theory that linked the Earth’s topographic features with its shaking and volcanic rumbling.

Plate Tectonics is not an overly complex idea to understand.  While research continues to understand its finer features and hidden mechanisms, scientists around the world globally accept it as the way our Earth’s outer layers operate.

This course has been developed for you to understand Plate Tectonics and be able to introduce it to your students.  It is full of facts and classroom-ready activities – both developed by GEOetc and shared with us by Earth Learning Idea. Scroll down to see the full course outline – click expand against each major lesson to see the topics included.

Come join us as we explore this fundamental feature of planet Earth.

When you complete this course, you will be awarded a certificate for 24 Professional Development hours.

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