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Tectonics and Landforms

Tectonics and Landforms


Use the links below to review and assess your learning. Start with the "Important Terms and Concepts" to ensure you know the terminology related to the topic of the module and concepts discussed. Move on to the "Review Questions" to answer critical thinking questions about concepts and processes discussed in the module. Finally, test your overall understanding by taking the "Self-assessment quiz".

Additional Resources

Use these resources to further explore the world of geography


audio icon San Francisco 1906 Earthquake Science Friday (NPR) April 21, 2006 hour one. "One hundred years ago ..., San Francisco's ground began to shake. After the massive quake came the fire -- and when it was all over, the city lay in ruins, with thousands dead."

video icon"Living with the Earth I"   The Earth Revealed (Annenberg/CPB)  (30:00)   Go to the Earth Revealed site and scroll to ""Living with the Earth I" ". One-time, free registration may be required to view film.

video icon "Exotic Terrane" from the Open Video Project. "A geologic history of the Pacific Northwest that explains how islands near China accreted, or welded, themselves to the North American continent. Animations of the formation of North America explain the process. The video also visits Hells Canyon in Idaho. On-location interviews with an expert geologist add to the viewer's experience". File must be downloaded to view - 245 megabytes

"Faces of Earth: Assembling America" (American Geosciences Institute). "From the Pacific Northwest to the shores of the Atlantic seaboard, the breadth and scope of America is like no other place on Earth. Travel with geoscientists and explore how time and the forces of nature have shaped the continent and influence the life in the United States"

video icon "Southern Appalachians" (USGS) Geology of the Southern Appalachians (24:34) 

video icon "The Seattle Earthquake"  The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS). A magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook the Pacific Northwest February 28, 2001, rattling windows from Vancouver to Salt Lake City. Read the transcript or watch the clip. 

audio icon"Earthquakes" Science Friday (NPR) June 24, 2005 episode discusses a recent swarm of earthquakes in California and new studies of the New Madrid Seismic Zone. (17:44)

video icon"Colliding Continents: - Naked Science. How were the continents formed?


readings icon "Plate Tectonics and People" (USGS)

readings icon "On the Shoulders of Giants - Alfred Wegener"  (NASA)





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