Material Detail

Tracking a hot spot

Tracking a hot spot

Observation of the age of volcanic rocks in the Hawaiian Island-Emperor Seamount Chain provides data to estimate the direction and velocity of plate motion of the Pacific plate over a fixed mantle hotspot. This assignment produces an actual (and reasonably accurate) measurement of plate motion and provides experience with map and graph analysis.


  • User Rating
  • Comments
  • Learning Exercises
  • Bookmark Collections
  • Course ePortfolios
  • Accessibility Info

More about this material


Disciplines with similar materials as Tracking a hot spot


Log in to participate in the discussions or sign up if you are not already a MERLOT member.