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Climate Change and the Lithosphere


A video microlecture by Raghu Murtugudde, University of Maryland, titled “Plate Movements Mountains and Climate Change”. This video lecture is part 4 of this 46-part video series titled ‘OceanographyChapter 16: Oceans and Climate’ available at the Murtugudde Climate Academy channel on YouTube. This video lecture, which discusses the link between tectonic plate movements and climate change, can be used as an introduction to teach about climate change and the lithosphere. It discusses how past and present plate movements contribute to the current changing climate.

Students will learn about the lithosphere and the link between tectonic plate movement and climate change. They will also learn about the tectonic plate movements on a geological timescale and their role in creating the current global climate system.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss climate change and the role of the lithosphere
  2. How do tectonic plate movements contribute to climate change?
  3. Create a timeline for plate movements and climate change.
About Tool
Tool Name Plate Movements Mountains and Climate Change 
Discipline Earth Sciences, Geography 
Topic(s) in Discipline Earth’s Climate, Earth’s Climate System, Lithosphere, Planetary Climate, Climate Change Overview, Plate Tectonics, Tectonic Plates
Climate Topic Climate and the Lithosphere 
Type of tool Video (7 min 14 secs) 
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Raghu Murtugudde 
Hosted at YouTube
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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