Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mapping the Earth's Tectonic Plates

The Motion of Tectonic Plates provides a great introduction to the subject of the Earth's outer crust. This Story Map explores the forces that cause the tectonic plates to move, the seismic cycle and the causes of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

As you progress through the Story Map you can view the tectonic plate boundaries on a map of the Earth, explore oceanic ridges and take a closer look at plate tectonics in the Western North American Continent.

Mountains of Fire is an Esri Story Map which takes you on a tour of some of the world's biggest volcanoes. The tour uses Esri's 3D Scene Viewer, which means you can explore each of the featured volcanoes from all angles.

The tour begins with a brief introduction into how volcanoes are formed and what causes them to erupt. You are then taken on a tour of some of the world's most active volcanoes. You can investigate each of the featured volcanoes in 3d on the map, zooming in and out and rotating the map as you wish.

The map side-panel features YouTube videos and /or images of each volcano and gives a brief overview of the featured volcano's historical activity.

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