Alaska Plate Tectonics






This website explores how plate tectonics can result in mountain formation, earthquakes, and volcanoes in Alaska. A video on the website illustrates the subduction of the Pacific Plate under the North American Plate, as well as the collision with the Yakutat block (creating the Wrangell St. Elias). This video is really great, and even explains that there are still aftershocks being measured from the great 1964 earthquake!

2 comments for “Alaska Plate Tectonics

  1. jodi
    October 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    This is a great website with many resources. There are many lesson plans and short videos that you can download and use to highlight concepts in lectures and discussions. What a great resource thanks for sharing.

  2. Karina Selby
    October 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    The fact that the “great 1964 earthquake” happened here in Alaska is such a great jumping-off point for us as teachers. There’s always bound to be someone around that has actual memory of the event as well as the aftermath. This link has so many great (short) videos for demonstrating this earthquake’s importance (or any earthquake, for that matter). Of course, the mountain formation that’s taking place is a fantastic topic, as well. Great link, thanks!


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