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Google Maps and Google Earth are used here to study plate tectonics and the corresponding locations of earthquakes and volcanoes




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Title – Google Earth & Plate Tectonics
By – Erik Hanchett
Primary Subject – Science
Grade Level – 6-8



Students will use Google Maps and Google Earth to map out the Earth’s plate boundaries along with the locations of earthquakes and volcanoes and then identify the pattern.



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  • Students will use Google Maps and Google Earth to map out the locations of earthquakes, volcanoes and plate boundaries.
  • Students will map these onto paper and then write a summary of the relationship between these landforms.


  • Mid-ocean ridges and deep sea trenches can easily be seen through the satellite images of Google Earth. Students can map these out on a worksheet of a world map.
  • Next, Google Earth has layers under various topics like earthquakes and volcanoes. These are highlighted and information can be accessed.
  • Students can add volcanoes and earthquakes locations with symbols onto their maps.
  • Once the maps are made, students can visualize the pattern between plate boundaries and the location of earthquakes and volcanoes.


  • Student generated map and key.

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