Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics Photo Credit: USGS


Do the activity described on this sheet to learn more about plate tectonics. Then answer some questions about the Himalaya.

Plate Tectonics Directions

  1. On a plain sheet of paper, sketch and cut out the continents as they exist today. You can use the picture labeled "present day" as a guide.
  2. Label the continents using the map at the front of the room.
  3. Put them together as pieces of a puzzle, or Pangaea (the supercontinent).
  4. Break the continents apart as Wegener's theory states. You can use the maps on the computer as a guide.
  5. Eventually, you should spread the continents back out to the present day.
  6. Describe continental drift and where the theory originated.


Record, with diagrams and descriptions, the three types of faults.





How tall is Mt. Everest? Has it always been the same height? If not, is it still growing? At what rate is it growing?

How was Mt. Everest formed?

Do you think earthquakes occur in the Himalaya's?

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