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Curriculum content descriptions

The theory of plate tectonics explains global patterns of geological activity and continental movement (ACSSU180)

Elaborations
  • recognising the major plates on a world map
  • modelling sea-floor spreading
  • relating the occurrence of earthquakes and volcanic activity to constructive and destructive plate boundaries
  • considering the role of heat energy and convection currents in the movement of tectonic plates
  • relating the extreme age and stability of a large part of the Australian continent to its plate tectonic history
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
ScOT terms

Plate movement

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