IB outcome:

Explain the characteristics and spatial distribution of Earthquakes

This is will also be used for the first part of Oceans and their Coastal Margins: Morphology of Oceans:

  • Describe the main features of oceanic crust and ocean floor morphology.
  • Explain the occurrence of oceanic volcanic features, trenches, transform faults, mid-ocean ridges and rifts in terms of plate margins.


Exercise 1:

Copy and complete this table:

Type of plate boundary Name of boundary Resulting landform / example Picture Process
Divergent (constructive)  mid ocean ridge
Convergent (destructive)
Transform (conservative)
Oceanic Continental Convergence
Continental-Continental Convergence
Plate Boundary Zone




This just might be the best video I have ever shown you:

Here’s a better, less entertaining one:

P, S Love and Rayleigh waves

Exercise 2:

  • Using Bishop p. 40 to 46
  • 4 groups – one drawer
  • You have 7 minutes to draw, on the board a labeled diagram of an earthquake event, including: [6]
    • Types of waves
    • Types of faults
    • Basic vocabulary
    • ground shaking
    • liquefaction
    • Tsunamis
    • Landslides
    • Fires
    • Explain the key principles of the Richter scale
  • Best diagram wins an awesome prize!