Year 8 Geography: Landforms and Plate Tectonics
Our year 8s are currently learning about how landforms are created and how they make up different landscapes. Students have learned all about tectonic plates and plate boundaries. They know that there are three ways that plates meet at their boundaries, including converging (pushing together), diverging (pulling apart), and transforming (sliding past each other). These processes result in all sorts of geomorphic hazards that can have catastrophic consequences for humans, including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis.
For more information on tectonic plates and their resulting hazards, we recommend visiting Plate Tectonics | National Geographic Society. It has lots of case studies that explain the process of plate tectonics and the possible resulting disasters.
The tectonic plates are constantly moving and are having a slow, but steady effect on the way in which our lands are transformed. While we may not feel these changes happening, you can be sure that it is happening!
Did you know that in 100million years it is quite possible that Australia will no longer exist. Check out the following video for a brief look at how the different tectonic plates have moved over time to create new land and how Earth might look in the future!
For more information on tectonic plates, we recommend visiting the following websites: