Plate Tectonics

Origins of Plate Tectonic Theory

by Anne E. Egger, Ph.D.

Further Exploration

The Paleomap Project

C. Scotese, Texas, Arlington. The Paleomap Project includes several plate tectonics animations, paleogeographic reconstructions, and animations that run the plate tectonics conveyor belt 50 million years into the future.

NOVA Online: Birth of the Himalaya

An in-depth explanation of the geology and natural history of the Himlayas, sponsored by PBS.

This Dynamic Earth

The full text and illustrations from the US Geological Survey publication.


Alfred Wegener

Alfred Wegener

Harry Hess

Harry Hess

Archives, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University  


First Map of Continental Drift

Pictures of an 1858 map showing the southern continents together, by Antonio Snider-Pelligrini.

News & Events

Earth Loses Its Magnetism

BBC News

Plate Tectonics on Mars?


Current Science News

News from around the world of science.


Google Scholar

Google - Research database allows searching of the scholarly literature.


Plate Tectonics Animation

This site allows you to build your own animation, choosing both the region you want to focus on and the time.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States

National Academies Press: A Framework for K-12 Science Education