Sunday, January 28, 2007

Plate Tectonics Revision

Revising the Plate Tectonics Unit
We have now come to the end of the Plate Tectonics Unit and its time to revise!
Here are some resources to help you.

Check list of key concepts to revise:

1. Structure of the Earth
- what are the four main layers of the earth
2. Plates - named examples of plates and reasons for plate movements (convection currents)
3. Plate Boundaries - make sure you learn the four main types of plate boundaries. For each you need to be able to (i) describe movement of the plates (ii) explain what happens - processes and landforms created (iii) named example of each.
4. Distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes - be able to describe the distribution - linked to plate boundaries and examples (remember the anomaly for volcano distribution is the Hawaiian Islands in the middle of the Pacific Plate - due to hotspot activity)
5. Volcanoes - what are volcanoes? What are the key characteristics of a volcanoes structure?
6. Where do volcanoes occur? (be able to talk through what happens at a destructive and constructive plate boundary resulting in volcano formation)
7. Case Study of a Volcanic Eruption - Mount St Helens (Cascade Range, USA 1980) - learn causes, effects and responses (remember you must learn specific facts and figures and be able to show locational knowledge to get the highest marks)
8. Why do people continue to live near volcanoes? (be able to illustrate with examples)
9. What techniques are used to monitor and predict volcanic eruptions?
10. Earthquakes - theory of formation and key terms
11. Case Study of an Earthquake - San Francsico Earthquake - 1989 - again learn causes effects and responses (and as before you must learn specific facts and figures and be able to show specific locational knowledge to get the highest marks)
12. Why do some earthquakes cause more damage than others? - be able to compare MEDC / LEDC earthquakes (learn facts and figures for Bam 2003 earthquakes - to compare with 1989 San Francisco earthquake)
13. How can we monitor and prepare for earthquake activity?

Revision Resources:
- make good use of your class notes
- make use of blog posts to consolidate your understanding / recap concepts you are less sure of (to access previous posts - use blog archive list on the left hand side of the blog - Dec/Jan posts) - remember there are various links to animations etc. to help you.

Interactive Revision Quizzes:
You must learn your notes (particularly case study detail) but once you have revised from your notes there are some interactive revision quizzes etc. here for you to test yourself.
Plate Tectonics Glossary - Key word flash cards (definition then word)
Plate Tectonics Glossary Key word flash cards (word then definition)
Plate Tectonics Glossary - Key Word Test
Plate Tectonics Crossword Quiz
Tectonic Activity (Penalty Shoot out) - Hull Trinity House school
Yr 10 Plate Tectonics Revision (Penalty Shoot out)
Plate Tectonics Quick Quiz (Multiple Choice)

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