The Plate Tectonic Tour

By Madeleine Jones

The tour

On this tour you will visit locations and view the three types of plate boundaries. You will be able to see evidence of any plat activity in that area when you travel there. Travel information will be provided. If you are physically incapable or unwell this trip is not recommended. Please submit a physical from a doctor so we may determine if you are fit for this tour.

Divergent boundary

First we will be seeing a divergent boundary: The Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It was made when the North American and Eurasian plates started moving apart from each other. Once you arrive at Reykjavik (see travel information for details) you will be driven to a hotel in Silfra. The next day we will go snorkeling in the ridge between the two plates.

Earthquake history

There have been so many earthquakes near the Mid-Atlantic ridge. Over 1500 have occurred just in the past 11 years

Convergent boundary

The convergent boundary that we will be visiting the Caribbean Islands. The Caribbean islands were formed from a collision of the Caribbean and South American plates. You will be staying in a hotel on Barbados. We will be visiting active and inactive volcanoes. There will be plenty of opportunities to swim and do other activities

Earthquake history

Over the past 500 years, a dozen major earthquakes (7.0 magnitude or more) have been recorded. Other smaller ones have happened.

Transform boundary

The transform boundary we will be seeing is the San Andrea fault. It was made by the Pacific and North American Plates rubbing against each other. Your hotel will be in Palm Springs California. The day after you get there we will be going on a jeep tour to the San Andreas Fault. On the way you will get to walk between canyon walls and see natural oasis where crystal clear water bubbles up from the underground aquifers.

Earthquake history

There have been 14 major recorded earthquakes. From the period of 1836-1911, 8 earthquakes occurred, then there was a quiet period from 1911 to 1979. Then there were 6 between 1979-2007. This happens because of the San Andreas Fault (the transform boundary)

Topography

A topographic map is a map that shows the elevation of land. There is a set distance for each map that corresponds with the "contour lines". Each time there is one of these lines on the map, it means that distance has been covered. The picture to the right is of the Caribbean Sea.

Physical safety

If you are physically incapable or unwell this trip is not recommended. Please submit a physical from a doctor so we may determine if you are fit for this tour. We have everyone's best interest at heart.

Travel information

Iceland

You will be flying 6020 kilometers (3740.6 miles) to the Reykjavik airport in Iceland. The flight duration will change depending on stopover destinations. A nonstop flight would take 12 hours and 50 minutes.

Caribbean

The distance between Reykjavik to Caribbean is 6271.29 kilometers (3896 miles). The flight will be about 8 hours and 2 minutes.

California

There are approximately 4266.3 kilometers (2650 miles) in between the Caribbean and Palm springs. So the flight would be about 4.5 hours long.