DK Find Out! Earth

Find out amazing facts and try some quizzes all about planet Earth, from the highest mountains to the longest rivers, the deepest oceans, and the largest deserts.

DK Find Out! Tectonic Plates

Earth’s surface appears to be still, but it is actually constantly on the move.

Brains On! Smash: When Continents Collide!
Brains On!

How are mountains made? What causes an earthquake? How does hot lava come bubbling up? The answer in each case is…tectonic plates!

OLogy: Plates on the Move
OLogy (American Museum of Natural History)

Volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes… Examine how plate tectonics affect our world.

OLogy: What Do You Know About Earth?
OLogy (American Museum of Natural History)

Test your knowledge about our planet Earth with this quiz.

Siemens STEM Day: Mapping It Out
Siemens STEM Day

In this activity, students will use a topographic map of their school grounds to identify geologic features using a printed map.

Aaron's World: Earth (Season 1, Ep. 8)
Aaron's World

Aaron blasts off to see what the Earth looked like in Dinosaur Time and finds something that tends to get lost.

But Why?: Why Do Earthquakes Happen?
But Why?

For this week’s show we headed to California to visit Jennifer Strauss at the Berkeley Seismology Lab and we hear from Celeste Labedz at the California Institute of Technology.

Short Wave: What Did Earth Look Like 3.2 Billion Years Ago?
Short Wave (NPR)

Planetary scientist Roger Fu talks to host Maddie Sofia about hunting for rocks that can tell us what Earth looked like a few billion years ago, in the early days of the evolution of life.

California Academy of Sciences: Earthquakes and Tectonic Plates
California Academy of Sciences

How can we determine the locations of tectonic plate boundaries? How can we use seismic waves to pinpoint the epicenter of an earthquake? In this activity, students will explore these and other questions using seismic data and triangulation.

California Academy of Sciences: Measuring Earthquakes
California Academy of Sciences

By building your own seismograph to document shaking, you and your children will learn about the cause of earthquakes and how scientists measure earthquake intensity.

California Academy of Sciences: Plate Tectonics and Ancient Civilizations
California Academy of Sciences

Plate tectonics played an important role in providing opportunities for life to flourish.