Plate Tectonics

Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, even supervolcanoes – all can. be explained through the study of Plate Tectonics.

A Brief History of Geologic Time (PBS 12:07)

This video sets the context for understanding all that has gone on in the 4.5 billion years of Earth's geologic history.


GeoBus: What is the Rock Cycle? (1:13)

GeoBus: What are Igneous Rocks? (1:18)

GeoBus: What are Sedimentary Rocks (1:16)

GeoBus: What are Metamorphic Rocks? (1:17)

Geological Time Chart

Geological Time Chart

Geologic Time Scale 2018
Geologic Society of America

History of Earth Timelines

Plate Movement and Boundaries

Map of Earth's Tectonic Plates

Tectonic Activity Map showing rates of plate movement

Formation of Plate Boundaries

Slab Pull

Plate Tectonics
Geological Society

Plate Tectonics for KS2 & KS3 (Grades 4 to 9) from the Geological Society (Original PDF)

Plate Tectonics for KS4 & KS5 (Grades 10 to 12 + IB DP & AP) from the Geological Society (Original PDF)

Ring of Fire

GeoBus: What is Plate Tectonics? (1:13)

Plate Tectonics Paleogeography & Ice Ages (1:39) (C.R. Scotese)

Ancient Earth: Interactive Globe

View your home town through time Map of Pangaea with Current International Borders

VOX:" Why there's a ring of disasters around the Pacific (6:34)

GeoBus: What are the types of Plate Boundaries (1:13)

Smithsonian: Eruptions, Earthquakes and Emissions Interactive Map and Timeline

PBS: Tectonic Plates, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes

PBS: Mountain Maker, Earth Shaker Interactive Plate Boundaries

TED-Ed: The Pangaea Pop-up (4:25)


MinuteEarth: Plate Tectonics Explained (2:36)

PBS: How Do We Know Plate Tectonics Is Real? (4:22)

TeachIt Geography: A Plate Tectonics Jigsaw (Free PDF)

NOAA: Age of Oceanic Lithosphere
More Images | gEarth

Seafloor Spreading with Bill Nye (4:01)

(An oldie, but a goodie)

Magnetic Striping and Sea Floor Spreading (6:26)


USGS Latest World Earthquakes

IRIS Earthquake Browser

Go to IRIS EQ Browser, select a region then click on 3D View 3D Browser

Why do we have Earthquakes?
British Geological Survey

What causes earthquakes?
British Geological Survey

How are earthquakes detected, located and measured?
British Geological Survey

Seismology and Seismic Waves
Michigan Tech

Tectonic Plates and Earthquakes (2:06)

MinuteEarth: Why are Earthquakes so hard to predict? (3:47)

NatGeo: Earthquakes 101 (5:02)


TEDEd: How Tsunamis work (3:36)

NatGeo: Tsunami 101 (2:42)

Megadisaster: 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

2011 Japan tsunami Footage (6:34) | CCTV Footage (1:53) | CNN Footage (18:12)


Global Volcanism Current Eruptions

Wiki: Volcanos

Why do we have Volcanoes?
(and Types of Volcanoes)
British Geological Survey

NatGeo: Volcanoes 101 (4:58)

NatGeo: Supervolcanoes 101 (3:40) Volcanic Hazards