Heat Transfer Review and Mantle Convection


  • How is heat transferred?
  • What causes convection currents?
  • What causes convection currents in the Earth’s mantle?
  • What causes tectonic plates to be constantly shifting and moving?

VOCABULARY: heat transfer, density, conduction, radiation, convection, convection current

Read This: (all readings should be put into NOTABILITY under LANDFORMS)

  1. Heat Transfer Review  Information for CHECK-IN#3 is in this download.
  2. Earth Layers– A review of the layers of the earth with good information about the mantle.
  3. Convection Currents– A quick overview of convection currents in the mantle.


  1. Heat Transfer and Convection Currents– http://www.jbgrimes.myclassupdates.com/convectioncurrents.html
  2. NASA- Beat the Heat (go to the info. not the game right now) http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/beat-the-heat/

Watch This:

BILL NYE- EPISODE 30– HEAT– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gSxlSe2WsE

Heat Transfer– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Atnjo7dD_bA&index=4&list=PLj45_ntZ1zYaUYX1M-Oul8uggxmuaOVAp

  1. Convection– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liKcJKjvFcY
  2. Convection in the Mantle– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryrXAGY1dmE
  3. The Earth 3D- Convection Currents– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpoko_l34ZE (Just need to see the beginning up to convection currents explained.)

Do This:

  1. Read the information and use it to answer the questions in CHECK-IN #3 at http://www.quia.com/quiz/5282884.html
  2. Heat Transfer Station Observations- done in science class.
  3. Convection Current Diagram/Map– done in science class.

Other Information:

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