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Actvity Summary: In this introductory activity, students analyze core sample data and use Google Earth to make their own qualitative observations that help them determine of the types of sediments that make up the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.



  • Standard A: Unifying concepts and processes in science
  • Standard B: Science as inquiry
  • Standard C: Physical science
  • Standard D: Life science
  • Standard E: Earth and space science

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Scale, proportion, quantity
  • System and system models
  • Energy and matter
  • Structure and function
  • Stability and change

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence

  • ESS1. C The history of the planet Earth
  • ESS2.A Earth materials and systems
  • ESS2.B Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions
  • ESS2.C The roles of water in Earth’s surface processes
  • ESS2. D Weather and climate
  • ESS2. E Biogeology
  • LS1.B Growth and development of organisms
  • LS2.A Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
  • LS2.B Cycles of matter and energy transfer in ecosystems
  • LS2.C Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience
  • PS1.A Structure of matter
  • PS1.B Chemical reactions
  • PS2.A Forces and motion