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Earth's surface dynamics HTML5

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Summary

The Earth’s surface is "alive" and continually changing.  A simplifed global view illustrates the dynamics of Earth’s interior.

Note:  Some scale ratios are not respected.

Learning goals

  • To build a model of plate tectonics. 
  • To link mantle convection and subduction. 
  • To understand the key role of subduction tectonics.

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The mantle is a large energy producing envelope (radioactive elements are present), like a nuclear power plant! The main implications are:

1.  It is currently taught that:

  • Mantle…

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