Unit Overview Materials (Unit Overview, NGSS Elements, Teacher Edition, Student Edition)
How does matter stretch and when and why does it break?
What is the connection between matter in the mantle, and surface features on Earth?
Where does the energy driving convection come from?
What is happening at plate boundaries?
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How is a solid changing at a particle level when it elastically deforms vs. when it breaks?
How is temperature related to the behavior of the matter in the mantle?
How much, if any, of the rocks at AFAR, is radioactive?
How might forces between the mantle and plates affect plate motion?
What is happening in the Afar region?
How can we figure out what is below the Earth’s surface that might cause the land to stretch and break?
How is mantle movement related to changes we see at the surface at Afar?
How does the rock in Afar compare to the rock around the world, and what does this tell us about the history and future of the region?
How do forces act on objects, such as the plates, when they are on inclines?