Plate Tectonics and Local Impacts
This weeks Learning Resources focus on plate tectonics, the ever-active colliding plates of the Earths surface whose movements form mountains, cause earthquakes, fuel volcanic eruptions, and thus, shape the physical environment around us.
Consider the geography where you live. Are mountains tall, short, jagged, or smooth? Or are there none at all? Consider as well that certain areas on the planet are at a higher risk for earthquakes, volcanoes, or tsunamis. What is the risk of an earthquake, volcano, or tsunami in your area? Have you ever experienced one? As you have seen through the Learning Resources, where an area lies on a plate determines its susceptibility to these natural phenomena.
In this Discussion, you will examine the relationship between plate tectonics and the formation of mountains and relate those phenomena to the region in which you live. You will also assess the potential danger in your area of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or tsunamis.