The Race Is On… with Seafloor Spreading!

Summary:

Students explore average rates of seafloor spreading where the Pacific, Cocos and Nazca plates meet off the coast of Central America. Cores and data were recovered during the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Leg 206 to Site 1256 located in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean.
Topic: 
Plate tectonics
Topic: 
Biology
Topic: 
Cores
Topic: 
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Topic: 
Microfossils
Topic: 
Physics
Activity Type: 
Classroom Activities
Grade level: 
9-12

Curriculum standards

National Science Education Content Standards: 
Standard A: Unifying concepts and processes in science
Standard C: Physical science
Standard D: Life science
Standard E: Earth and space science
Next Generation Science Standards: Cross Cutting Concepts: 
Patterns
Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, quantity
Structure and function
Stability and change
Next Generation Science Standards: Science and Engineering Practices: 
Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Next Generation Science Standards: Core Ideas: 
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
LS1.B Growth and development of organisms
LS1.C Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
LS2.A Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2.C Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience
PS1.A Structure of matter
PS2.A Forces and motion
PS3.D Energy in chemical processes and everyday life