Tectonic Fury

Through research articles, inquiry-based activities, videos, games, and other multimedia, students investigate and analyze Earth's past, present, and future to unlock its geologic mysteries.

Through their missions, students will:

  • Determine how to locate rare minerals that drive technological innovation
  • Explain how a devastating volcanic eruption can drive the cycle of life
  • Propose a plan to store carbon dioxide deep underground
  • Investigate how gravity can point us to underwater mountains taller than Mt. Everest!
  • Learn how maps have aided exploration over the centuries
  • Meet exciting host researchers and learn about their work


Available in print and online editions, Operation: Tectonic Fury is designed to fit within school districts' core curriculum. It provides at least five to nine weeks of material with suggested lesson plans, extensions, interdisciplinary connections, and other teacher resources.

The Operation: Tectonic Fury curriculum includes...


Student Edition
This 136-page, full-color magazine introduces the host researchers and Argonaut teams, and provides the science background knowledge and the tools to help students solve each mission challenge. It also contains a "getting started" tutorial, an introduction to mapping, reference charts, a glossary, and interdisciplinary connections.


Teacher Edition
This 160-page, two-color manual includes facsimile Student Edition pages, wrap-around teacher notes, lesson plans, extentions, worksheets, and resources.



This 60 minute DVD introduces teachers and students to some of the world's top explorers and key science concepts. Our video content is seamlessly woven throughout the curriculum, offering a gateway into the exciting world of exploration and adventure.


Online Resources
The JASON Mission Center Web site contains online curriculum, Digital Labs and games, teacher classroom management tools, and online community features. Students and teachers can explore the limitless possibilities of the world of JASON with their JASON Mission Center account.


Digital Labs and Games
Available inside the JASON Mission Center, Digital Labs and games allow students to explore the work of Operation: Tetconic Fury through an exciting gaming environment. Learn more about Landform Detectives, JASON's Digital Lab exploring the formation and location of Earth's geologic features.


Mission 1: The Building Blocks - Earth's Rocks and Minerals

Host Researcher:
Dr. Mike Wise
Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of Natural History
Washington, DC

Search for and discover invaluable rocks and prized minerals hidden deep under our feet.


Mission 2: Earth's Changing Face - Weathering, Erosion, and Soils

Host Researcher:
Dr. Virginia Dale
Mathematical Ecologist, Director
Center for BioEnergy Sustainability - Oak Ridge National Lab
Oak Ridge, TN

Scour Earth's surface for evidence of weathering and erosion - processes that sculpt and shape our ever-changing planet.


Mission 3: Analyzing the Evidence - Dating, Fossils, and Geologic Time

Host Researcher:
Dr. George Guthrie
Focus Area Leader, Geosciences
National Energy Technology Laboratory
Morgantown, WV

Unravel the mysteries of Planet Earth using ancient clues and cutting-edge technologies.


Mission 4: Earth on the Move - Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes

Host Researcher:
Dr. Walter Smith
Silver Spring, MD

Journey through the oceans and Earth's outer layers to its core to better understand the dynamic nature of our planet.