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Continents were once thought to be static, locked tight in their positions in Earth's crust. Similarities between distant... see more

Volcanoes provide spectacular evidence that we are living on a dynamic planet, where land can be created or destroyed... see more

Not so long ago, people living near volcanoes had little that might help them to anticipate an eruption. A deep rumble, a... see more

Ocean basins are filled with loose sediments, which are the products of erosion. This sediment originates inland and is... see more

According to theory of plate tectonics, Earth is an active planet -- its surface is composed of many individual plates... see more

Most people will never see the eruption of an active volcano. Even so, evidence of these dramatic displays can be found... see more

The Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD) is a completed, independent two-year project of research... see more

This class handout contains maps and background information about the mid-continent rift system. The summary of the... see more

In this activity, students explore the 'stick-slip' mechanism of earthquake generation. They will learn about the... see more

This United States Geological Survey (USGS) publication discusses gold prospecting in the US. The history of prospecting... see more

This color poster shows how we use minerals in our everyday life. It depicts common household items (furniture,... see more

The rock cycle is an ongoing process in which rock, driven by tectonic processes such as volcanoes and earthquakes, the... see more

This unit uses three lessons to introduce students to the basics of how earthquakes work and why they occur. They will... see more

In this activity, students plot daily earthquake locations on a world map. They will understand that earthquakes are not... see more

This is the second page of a three part brief review of the history of the Earth. It covers the time from the end of the... see more

This unit introduces students to the development of the theory of continental drift. They will examine the early work of... see more

This activity gives students practice and a chance to develop expertise in using the test for hardness in identifying... see more

Earth's surface has changed in countless ways during the 4.6 billion years since it formed, and it continues to change... see more

Tsunamis are the result of processes that shape the Earth's surface: earthquakes, volcanic events, and landslides. People... see more

This interactive feature explains Darwin's theory of how low-lying coral islands called atolls form in tropical seas from... see more

This poster summarizes common uses of mineral resources in our homes, offices, and equipment we use daily. It shows a... see more

This identification key has been designed to assist teachers, students, or collectors in the identification of rocks. It... see more

In this activity, students will learn to measure the density of various minerals. The activity will reinforce the... see more