Plate Tectonics

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A crossword puzzle reviewing all of the terms used on our Plate Tectonics study guide (the yellow flip book)
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  1. the area or zone where one tectonic plate gets forced under
  2. type of plate boundary: this happens when plates slide past each other (fancy scientific name is called transform plates)
  3. type of plate boundary: plates moving together- causing the plates to fold and create mountains OR causing one plate to go under the other, allowing magma to escape to make a volcano (fancy scientific name is called convergent)
  4. type of plate boundary: plates moving apart- causing the magma underneath the plates to escape (fancy name is called divergent plates)
  5. _________ boundary: this what scientists call the edges where two (or more) tectonic plates meet
  6. _________ tectonics: the idea or theory that the earth's crust is made of large plates that move over time
  7. _________ drift: the idea or theory that the continents once existed in a giant super continent and moved to where they are now by the force of tectonic plates
  8. a force that means the build up or creation of new land (often formed by cooling magma)
  9. a force that means the break down or destroying of land (usually happens when plates are destroyed and melted back into magma)
  10. fancy name for crust - includes not just the crust but also the solid part of the upper mantle
  11. layer sandwiched between the crust and outer core
  12. the center of the earth- includes the inner core and outer core