Educational Resources

Tectonophysics – Educational Resources

Finally, in support of our future as a section, we present some educational resources.

Earthquake Visualizations

Earthquakes and Stress

Here is a video that was made as part of the 2017-2018 Geological Society of America Thomson International Distinguished Lecture. Dr. Ross Stein demonstrates how Earthquakes Converse using QuakeCaster and Fishnet Stocking Stress Demos. Does Dr. Stein wear fishnet stockings in this video? You will just need to watch the video to find out.

Learn more about this demonstration by checking out the supportive documents here and here.

Ross Stein, GSA Lecture 2 from Michael M. Moore on Vimeo.

Plate Tectonic Visualizations

Subduction Zone Slabs

There are a series of visualizations of subduction zone slabs from models published in Earth and Space Science in 2018.

Click here for a global slab geometry tour.

For example, here is one of these visualizations from the Cascadia subduction zone.

History of Plate Tectonics


The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) is a consortium of universities dedicated to the operation of science facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data.

IRIS prepares educational material for a wide range of subjects. For example their educational resources for recent earthquakes are located here.

Below is a video that helps us learn about the history of plate tectonics.

European Geophysical Union

The EGU Division of Tectonics and Structural Geology has been preparing biweekly interviews of “outstanding scientists that bloomed and shape the theory that revolutionised Earth Sciences — Plate Tectonics.” Some of these interviews are listed below.

  • David Fernández-Blanco presented his interview of Dr. Dan McKensie on October 20, 2018. Here is their interview.
  • David Fernández-Blanco presented his interview of Dr. Xavier Le Pichon on October 27, 2018. Here is their interview.
  • David Fernández-Blanco presented his interview of Dr. Peter Molnar on November , 2018. Here is their interview.

Dr. Barbara Romanowicz Symposuim

In June 2018, Dr. Barbara Romanowicz presented a programme, “50 Years of Plate Tectonics: Then, Now, and Beyond.” The series of presentations is archived and presented on their website here. Below is their introduction to this series.

The Geological Society

For the 2017 William Smith Meeting, the Geological Society celebrated the 50 years of plate tectonics from 3-5 October 2017.

The entire compliment of the presentations made there, covering the history of scientific developments leading up to the plate tectonics paradigm, are presented here.

Below is one of these presentations. This begins with Dr. Chris Scotese who presents his version of plate tectonic history from the past 1.5 Ga. Dr. Scotese is followed by Richard Gordon, John Watson, and Jim Pindell.

This next video is only the plate tectonic model from Scotese.


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