Tectonic Plates and Island Building
We have many things left to learn before the end of the school year including some Geology, Weather, Habitats and Ecosystems. We decided to make the study of the Hawaiian Islands our means of learning these things. We started by learning how these islands were formed.
By drawing the tectonic plates on the map and exploring how they move we learned about how magma gets pushed to the earth's surface and creates islands.
Check out the demonstrations below:
Now that we know how the plates move and force magma to the earth's surface we looked at the stages in the "life cycle" of a volcanic island.
Maui is made of two volcanos that are close enough together to connect into one island. You can see by the height of them, that one volcano is older than the other... can you tell which one?