This Process Called Plate Tectonics

I freaking love this…. apparently some teacher is pretty creative and funny!

Lyrics by Dan Reed
Music: “Royals” by Lorde

I wanted to make a fun way for my students to get content stuck in their heads.

LYRICS:
Alfred Wegener wrote the draft.
He said these continents look like pieces
Of a puzzle.
And everyone who knew him laughed.
They wanted proof of cause.
They wanted more than fossils.

But now we know that
Sea-floor
Spreading
Makes new ocean floor.
Subducting
Ocean trench
Fuels a new volcano.
—-
What’s the cause?
Convection currents in the mantle
Drive a process called
plate tectonics.
Don’t say that you’re leery.
Earthquakes,
Magnetism,
What a great theory!
It makes sense.
There’s so much evidence.

And there’s so much construction.
Mountains being built,
The Grand Canyon has been lifted.
Recite these words, I’d say you’re gifted.
Lava from volcanoes
Build up the surface Earth.
Maybe let them cool,
See a whole new landform birth.

You know this movement has to flow.
Tectonic plates collide and cause
Such friction.
And when the energy builds up slow,
The seismic force released,
It kinda sounds like fiction.

But every quake’s like
P-waves,
S-waves,
Focus in the lithosphere.
Surface waves,
Most destructive,
What’s that rumble I hear?
—-
What’s the cause?
Convection currents in the mantle
Drive a process called
plate tectonics.
Don’t say that you’re leery.
Earthquakes,
Magnetism,
What a great theory!
It makes sense.
There’s so much evidence.

There’s the Ring of Fire
Around Pacific Plate.
You know that faults have landforms rifted.
Recite these words I’d say you’re gifted.
And there’s so much subduction,
Volcanic island arcs.
Now while you’re in school,
Tell me how tsunamis start.

Hot… Spots…
Hawaii is an island chain.
And you can get there on a plane.
Hot… Spots…
The path isn’t really straight.
It follows the Pacific Plate.

That’s plate tectonics,
But there’s so much more.
You know these continents have drifted.
Recite these words I’d say you’re gifted.
Mid-ocean ridges
Pull Europe and us away.
We’re moving slow.
An inch per year’s the spreading rate.

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