Summary of Divergent Boundaries: Introduction

Type of Resource



The goal of this virtual lab is to explore how plate properties affect different types of formations created at diverging plate boundaries.

Performance Expectations

HS-ESS1-5   Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks.

HS-ESS2-1   Develop a model to illustrate how Earth’s internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features.

HS-ESS2-3   Develop a model based on evidence of Earth’s interior to describe the cycling of matter by thermal convection.

MS-ESS2-2   Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales.

MS-ESS2-3   Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.