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  • Plate Tectonics

    Plate Tectonics

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    (1 min 16 sec) Plate tectonics is the unifying theory of Earth science.

  • The Geologic Carbon Cycle

    The Geologic Carbon Cycle

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    (6 min 20 sec) CO2 emitted by volcanoes into the atmosphere is removed by a series of chemical reactions related to rock weathering.

  • Holmes' Model of Convection

    Holmes' Model of Convection

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    (45 sec) An early continental drift model proposed that mantle convection can produce continental movement and new plate formation.

  • Daly's Model of Subduction

    Daly's Model of Subduction

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    (2 min 19 sec) An early model of continental drift proposed that parts of continental plates can sink into the mantle, allowing for movement.

  • Continental Movement Over the Past 200 Million Years

    Continental Movement Over the Past 200 Million Years

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    (1 min 1 sec) The breakup of a supercontinent into several smaller continents explains the distribution of fossil and geologic evidence.

  • Arctic Island Was a Tropical Island 500 Million Years Ago

    Arctic Island Was a Tropical Island 500 Million Years Ago

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    (47 sec) Reconstructing past continental plate movements reveals the island of Spitsbergen was tropical 500 million years ago.