An Expedition to the Seafloor

Summary:

Using Google Earth and ocean cores to analyze seafloor spreading.
Topic: 
Cores
Topic: 
Plate tectonics
Activity Type: 
Classroom Activities
Grade level: 
5-8
Grade level: 
9-12

Students will be able to:

    Use Google Earth to evaluate real data collected from the Deep Sea Drilling Project to discover evidence of seafloor spreading.
    Use the data you collect to create a graph showing the relationship between distance from the spreading center and age of the sediments (Distance vs. Age).
    Explain a historical perspective of science research

Curriculum standards

National Science Education Content Standards: 
Standard E: Earth and space science
Next Generation Science Standards: Cross Cutting Concepts: 
Patterns
Next Generation Science Standards: Science and Engineering Practices: 
Analyzing and interpreting data
Next Generation Science Standards: Core Ideas: 
ESS2.B Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions