For millions of years, California has been shaped by natural forces and continues to be reshaped every day. These forces include earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers and erosion. On a larger scale, plate tectonics influences the shaping of California as the Pacific Plate rubs against the North American plate. That results in earthquakes and volcanic activity which further changes the face of California.
This part of the website is designed to provide students with links to help them understand and enrich their knowledge of the forces which shape California. Each of the major forces is defined on this page and links to investigate are provided. Additionally, the students should engage in hands-on activities which will help them to see the effects of the natural forces. Enjoy your journey through the shaping of California.
General Earth Science Links~
Outstanding Geology Site-this site has great explanations!
The idea that the continents move and drift over the surface of the earth as they sit on giant plates.
A sudden movement of part of the earth's crust
How a seismograph works
An opening in the earth's crust through which lava escapes
A large body of moving snow and ice