The scientists should meet on a regular basis (at
least once a day) to exchange views and ideas. The following scientists
could work together if need arises:
Paleontologist and petrographer
Cartographer and volcanologist
Geophysicist and petrographer
Petrographer and paleontologist
A permanent exchange of ideas between these scientists
could greatly accelerate the discovery of clues.
Suggestions (or a step by step time line to follow):
Choose the country of study: California, India, Italy,
Japan, Saudi Arabia
Start your log. You will maintain it throughout the
Start with a team meeting and exchange ideas. You will
a facilitator that will make sure that everyone can
a time keeper to make sure that all tasks will be performed
within the parameters given by your teacher
a reporter that will take notes
A report should be written at the end of your first
meeting. It should outline your first assessment of the situation and what
each scientist will do and/or not do.
You should follow the links in the Resources to start
finding your information. For each web site of interest, write a small
note describing what you found, how it helps you in your quest for the
problem at hand.
Organize another team meeting and share your findings.
You should start to build up the mechanisms that lead to plate tectonics.
You can start to think about the destruction of Japan and write down hypotheses.
Look in your web links to confirm or infirm the hypotheses
Start to work on your final presentation.
Start to write the team report.
Go back on the web to check your personal presentation,
and the team presentation.
At each step, present your work to your teacher.
You might need to organize more team meetings if