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Examination and evaluation of real-time oceanographic data on the internet

PRELIMINARY

I: TECTONICS
and OCEAN BASINS
Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics
Spreading Rates
CA Earthquakes
Volcanoes
Topography of the Ocean Floor
History of Ocean Basins

II: OCEANS/ ATMOSPHERIC GASES

III: OCEAN/
ATMOSPHERE DYNAMICS

IV: INTEGRATED TOPICS

 
EXERCISE SET I

Tectonics and Ocean Basins:

  • The principal aims of the individual assignments are as follows:
    • to explore the occurrence and characteristics of recent global earthquakes.
    • to evaluate the rates of plate motion and to determine and compare rates of seafloor spreading.
    • to examine the tectonics of California from earthquake records.
    • to investigate the positions and features of active volcanoes. 
    • to explore the topography of the ocean floor.
    • to determine the history of ocean basins and the changes in continental configurations over geological time.
  • The overall objective of these assignments is to demonstrate how these phenomena support the theory of plate tectonics, and how their characteristics and features can be explained by this unifying concept.


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Required?
Due Date
Exercise Set I: Tectonics and Ocean Basins
1. Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics
Yes
Sept. 23
2. Spreading Rates
Yes
Sept. 30
3. Californian Earthquakes
Oct. 7
4. Volcanoes
N/A
5. Topography of the Ocean Floor
Yes as Set 2
Oct. 14
6. History of Ocean Basins
N/A
Answer parts 1 and 2 and one other from parts 3-6


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