How Did the Island Chain Form

Students view two video segments presented by the NOAA’s Learning Center. In these short videos, students learn about the theory of plate tectonics and hot spots. Students then participate in a class discussion, and complete a diagram showing the different types of tectonic movements.

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absolute location, archipelago, atoll, convergent boundary, divergent boundary, fringing reefs, guyot, hotspot, high islands, low islands, lines of latitude, lines of longitude, plate tectonics, relative location, transform boundary