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Both the Grades 7-12 and the College Edition are included.
Written by Edward J. Tarbuck, Illinois Central College
From drifting continents to volcanic eruptions to devastating earthquakes to the rise of mountain ranges, plate tectonics is an exciting theory of large scale movements within the earth. Concise content combined with superb graphics and animated sequences bring plate tectonics to life. The user is truly involved, plotting charts, answering review questions, labeling diagrams and performing activities.
The Theory of Plate Tectonics shows you how volcanoes and mountain ranges are formed, what causes earthquakes, how the Earth's plates collide, and more. It includes full color animated sequences, stunning photographs, an illustrated glossary, a geologic timetable, review questions, and more. This CD-ROM includes three editions: English College edition v1.1, English High School edition v1.1, and Spanish High School edition v1.0.
The College edition differs from the High School edition mainly with the addition of sections of Paleomagnetism, Sea Floor Spreading, Magnetic Reversals, and a Continental Drift explorer. The High School edition has a section on Earth's Interior basics which is not in the College Edition.
The Earth's Interior · Continental Drift · Fit of the Continents · Fossil Evidence · Evidence from Rocks · Paleoclimatic Evidence · Continental Drift and Paleomagnetism · Sea Floor Spreading · Plate Tectonics · Plate Boundaries · Divergent Boundaries · Convergent Boundaries · Transform Fault Boundaries · Testing the Plate Model · Geomagnetic Reversals and Plate Tectonics · Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes · Hot Spots and Plate Tectonics · The Driving Mechanism · Plate Tectonics into the Future
Windows 95 or Windows 3.1: IBM compatible 486 or better, SVGA (8-bit, 256 colors in 640x480), double speed CD-ROM drive, 4MB RAM (8MB or more suggested).
Macintosh: Macintosh with 8 bit (256 color) graphics, 13" or larger display (640x480 or higher), double speed CD-ROM drive, 5MB of free RAM memory, System 6.0.7 or newer, 25MHz 68030 or better.
Geology Today Magazine:
"There are also some really nice exercises in simple graph plotting and fixing earthquakes in subduction zones (mouse drags points). finally, at appropriate places it is possible to gain access to global continental drift and plate-tectonic 'explorers' which allow examination of drifting continents through time and the world distribution of plates...This is a splendid disc that all new entrants to the Earth sciences at whatever level should see."
"An excellent educational CD-ROM product...This program is an incredible tour-de-force of moving continents, from continental drift through hot spots....The animation of polar wander curves, spreading and converging boundaries, and fossil evidence for plate movements is spectacular and beats the animation I have seen on generic PBS plate tectonics programs."
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