Actvity Summary: Using Google Earth and ocean cores to analyze seafloor spreading.

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate sonar and core data collected by the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) that support seafloor spreading.
  • Use the data to create a graph showing the relationship between distance from the spreading center, depth to the ocean floor, and thickness of the sediments.
  • Explain a historical perspective of science research


  • 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
  • Stability and change

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

  • ESS1. C The history of the planet Earth
  • ESS2.B Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions
  • ESS2.C The roles of water in Earth’s surface processes
  • ESS2. E Biogeology
  • LS1.B Growth and development of organisms
  • LS1.C Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
  • LS2.A Interdependent relationships in ecosystems

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