EDUCATION: Making the Earth Move

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Science  09 Dec 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5754, pp. 1593
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5754.1593a

This collection from the University of California, Santa Barbara, presses the fast-forward button on gradually unfolding geological processes. By cueing the more than 20 animations, undergraduates can follow the filling of San Francisco Bay as sea levels rose at the end of the last ice age or observe how the collision between California and Baja California forced up the mountains north of Los Angeles. Although emphasizing California geology, the site also includes examples from other parts of the globe, such as a sequence that tracks the formation of the South Atlantic Ocean as Africa and South America pushed apart. Educational users can download the animations for free.

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