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Unit 4 Individual Project Grading CriteriaMax PointsIn one paragraph, describes clearly the process of plate tectonics including the mechanism by which it works.15In one paragraph, describes all the types of plate boundaries, and clearly provides examples of each.15Completely and accurately collects and presents the ANSS station data.10Completely and accurately collects and presents the USGA fault data.10Describes at least three ways that scientist determine the age of tectonic plates and the fault lines between them.
If relative and absolute dating are mentioned, examples still must be specific.20Completely and accurately collects and presents the author’s plate, and the nearest neighbor plate.10Using at least one detailed sentence, discusses the type of boundary that lies between the author’s plate and the nearest neighbor plate.
Only one plate boundary should be discussed.5The author includes all of the title page information at the top of the paper.5Uses proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar to write clearly and effectively. References, if provided, are in APA format.10Total:100 





1. What is the plate tectonic theory? Explain the types of plate boundaries, and provide 1 example for each type of plate boundary.

2. Visit the USGS Advanced National Seismic Station (ANSS) list of ANSS stations at: Identify the station closest to where you live. You can use the “Ctrl + F” command to search for a state name if you do not want to scroll through the whole list. Remember though, that a station in a bordering state may be physically closest to you.

Provide the following:

Name of station
ANSS designation
Latitude and longitude
Elevation (meters)
Distance from you (in miles)
Date station commenced operation (year, day of year)

3. Now visit the USGA Earthquake Fault Map at: Find the approximate location of your ANSS station on the map. Click on a colored line closest to your station (this is a fault). A pop-up window should appear. Use it to provide the following information:

Name of the fault
Age of the fault
Slip rate (this is how fast one side of the fault moves past the other)

4. How do geologists determine the age of a fault line? What types of evidence specifically are used?

5. Now, visit the National Geographic MapMaker Interactive Plate Tectonic map at: Be sure you are on the “Plate Tectonics” map. Provide the following:

Name of the plate on which you live
Closest neighboring plate(s) to you

6. Lastly, use the interactive map found here: Use the map identify the type of plate boundaries that are present between your plate and the closest neighbor(s) you identified.

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