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The Galapagos Spreading Center - NOAA Ocean Explorer

Lesson Plan 

Students use a model to illustrate seafloor spreading and the formation of new seafloor using the Galapagos Spreading Center system as an example.

Concept: Geologic movement
Ocean and land movement has shaped the geologic features of the earth.

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization
Evidence, models, and explanation

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

9-12 B Physical Science
Motions and forces
Interactions of energy and matter

9-12 D Earth and Space Science
Energy in the earth system
Origin and evolution of the earth system

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth (concepts a, c, d, e)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 13 A Revolution in Science: The Theory of Plate Tectonics 13:1-29