Eighth graders used ArcGIS mapping software to explore one geologically interesting place on Earth to conclude their Geology Unit in Ms. Barlev’s class. They are applying what we’ve learned about tectonic plate boundaries, rock types, and weathering and erosion to create their own map that explores how the place was formed, what it’s made of, and how it has changed over time. Instead of doing a standard research project, they’re using evidence from their maps to construct their arguments. Locations range from the volcanoes of El Salvador, to the Great Rift Valley in Eastern Africa, to the Mariana Trench and more! Students presented their findings to their classmates as an oral presentation.

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