Plate Tectonics and People

Choose your Scientist

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  1. First, you need to pick a scientist. I have made a list of scientists below, but you are not limited to this list. Once you have decided on one, post your selection to the comment box. This way other students will know who has been picked already.

    Pick me! Pick me! Some possible Scientists for Lesson 2:

    • Don Anderson
    • Tanya Atwater
    • Brian Atwater
    • Francis Bacon
    • Markus Båth
    • Hugo Benioff
    • Bernard Bruhnes
    • Teddy Bullard
    • Allan Cox
    • Brent Dalrymple
    • Charles Darwin
    • Arthur Day
    • Robert Dietz
    • Richard Doell
    • Maurice Ewing
    • Beno Gutenberg
    • Edmond Halley
    • Harry Hess
    • Arthur Holmes
    • Bryan Isacks
    • Thomas Jaggar
    • Harold Jeffreys
    • Tom Jordan
    • Brian Kennett
    • Inge Lehmann
    • Xavier le Pichon
    • Drummond Matthews
    • Motonori Matuyama
    • Dan McKenzie
    • Felix Andries Vening Meinesz
    • Giuseppe Mercalli
    • John Milne
    • Andrija Mohorovičić
    • W. Jason Morgan
    • Lawrence Morley
    • Richard Dixon Oldham
    • Jack Oliver
    • Fusakichi Omori
    • Bob Parker
    • Harry Reid
    • Charles Richter
    • Keith Runcorn
    • Chris Scholz
    • Eduard Suess
    • Lynn Sykes
    • Marie Tharp
    • Alex du Toit
    • Frederick Vine
    • Kiyoo Wadati
    • Alfred Wegener
    • John Tuzo Wilson
    • Peter Alfred Ziegler
  2. Once you have chosen a scientist, you need to create a Web page in this lesson that contains content about your scientist. Look in the Course Outline of this website and you will see that one of the titles of this lesson, called "the giants!" can be expanded. Notice that there are some pages called "New Scientist 1", "New Scientist 2," etc. Each of these pages is set up the same way. I have written in a series of bold headings with some spaces in between and I want you to fill up those spaces with your content. Your page will be saved for posterity. Since this course is part of Penn State's Open Educational Resources initiative and we want to make our pages as accessible as possible, please include links to all the places where you found borrowed graphics and other information. Check out some of the papers on the Additional Resources page of this lesson (penultimate page) for more background on plate tectonics or to get some inspiration for this assignment. If your chosen scientist is still among the living, feel free to contact him/her. Former students have had some wonderful correspondences with the scientists they chose. Geoscientists are a friendly bunch.


This course is part of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' Open Educational Resources initiative. That means that you are free to use any of the content in this course, including the materials each of you will create, in your own classrooms! It also means you should avoid blithely pasting in copyrighted material. Please cite the sources of any images, quotes, or other substantive ideas that are not original, both in-text and in the bibliography of your page. The "Academic Integrity Guide" linked from the Resources menu can help you decide what to do if you are not sure. You can also ask me.

Submitting your work

This lesson is two weeks in length. You need to complete your Web page by the last day of this first week of this lesson (see the Overview page for the date). That will enable us to spend the next week (Week 2 of this lesson) reflecting on and reviewing each other's Web sites.

Grading criteria

Your grade for this activity will be based on both the quality of your site, as well as on your thoughtfulness during the discussion portion of this lesson.