Learning objects Tectonic boundaries

TLF ID L5830

Apply different tectonic forces to plate boundaries. Compare the effects when plates collide, separate, or slide past each other. Investigate the causes of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. Investigate important boundary sites, for example the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the Andes, the San Andreas Fault, the Himalayas, and the Tonga-Kermadec Trench. Predict the geological events occurring at plate boundaries at different locations on Earth. This learning object is a combination of four objects in the same series.

Educational details

Educational value
  • Illustrates processes occurring at divergent, convergent and transform boundaries.
  • Leads students to identify types of plate movements occurring at different boundaries, and to identify associated phenomena.
  • Tests student understanding of plate movements and tectonic forces through multiple-choice questions.
  • Provides structured feedback to student input.
  • Explains the origins of catastrophic geological events.
  • Challenges students to identify tectonic processes and features at selected boundary locations.
Year level

8; 9

Learning area
  • Science

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: CSIRO Publishing
  • Organization: CSIRO Publishing
  • Description: Technical implementer
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.publish.csiro.au/
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Person: Nick Pitsas
  • Description: Script writer
  • Person: Graham Coghill
  • Description: Subject matter expert
  • Person: Denis Goodrum
  • Description: Educational validator
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
  • Hearing independence
Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
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