Here is an animation for middle and high school students that depicts volcanism at a mid-ocean ridge. An introductory paragraph describes what occurs at a rift zone as two plates diverge and magma repeatedly moves up through the rift. The animation consists of two coordinated movie clips--one that shows a cross section of a rift zone and another that provides a view from above the rift. These clips show the volcanism and seafloor spreading that take place as two oceanic plates move apart. Students are supplied with control buttons to play, pause, and scroll through the animation. Labels indicate the key features in the animation. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse


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