Plate Tectonics Tennis Ball Globe (PDF)

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United States Geological Survey (USGS)

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This activity creates a mini globe that shows the major plate boundaries of the world. It provides each student with his or her own physical model of the Earth's plates and helps teach how hard it is to accurately portray a sphere (three-dimensional) on a flat map (two-dimensional). Students will also be able to discuss the Continental Drift Theory, pointing out its merits and downfalls.

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