Ocean Floor Geology

After a short review of the different geological formations found on the ocean floor, students construct three dimensional models of the ocean floor’s specific geological features. Students imagine what it might be like from the edge of a continent down to the deepest part of the ocean. Student groups cooperatively design their own ocean using modeling clay or dough. Although clay models are suggested, students may choose other representations, such as, Paper Mache or Plaster of Paris.

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archipelago, abyssal plain, bathymetry, bathymetric map, canyon, continental rise, continental slope, contour line, contour interval, mid-ocean ridge, ridge, seamount, trench, topographic map