Plate Tectonics

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  • 1. 
    Who is known as the 'Father of Plate Tectonics'?
    • A. 

      Harry Hess

    • B. 

      Mr. Mariglia

    • C. 

      Alfred Wegener

    • D. 

      Albert Einstein


  • 2. 
    What was Alfred Wegener's field of expertise?
    • A. 

      Biology

    • B. 

      Geology

    • C. 

      Astronomy

    • D. 

      Geography


  • 3. 
    The name of the supercontinent proposed by Alfred Wegener was:
    • A. 

      Iceland

    • B. 

      Asia

    • C. 

      Patagonia

    • D. 

      Pangaea


  • 4. 
    What evidence did Alfred Wegener have for his belief in Continental Drift?
    • A. 

      The continents fit together like a puzzle

    • B. 

      Fossils from the same animal were found in Africa and South America

    • C. 

      Mountain Ranges seem to continue across oceans

    • D. 

      All of the above


  • 5. 
    Why aren't there any major earthquakes in this part of the country?
    • A. 

      We aren't on a fault line

    • B. 

      The temperature is too cold for earthquakes to strike

    • C. 

      We aren't on the edges of any plate boundaries

    • D. 

      We aren't near any oceans


  • 6. 
    What force is responsible for the movement of continental plates?
    • A. 

      Gravity

    • B. 

      Friction

    • C. 

      Conduction

    • D. 

      Convection


  • 7. 
    When a piece of continental crust and a piece of oceanic crust come together, what will happen?
    • A. 

      The plates will pull apart

    • B. 

      The continental crust will subduct

    • C. 

      The oceanic crust will subduct

    • D. 

      Neither plate will subduct


  • 8. 
    What type of boundary is at the Mid-Ocean Ridge?
    • A. 

      Convergent

    • B. 

      Divergent

    • C. 

      Transform

    • D. 

      Any of the above


  • 9. 
    The pacific plate has LOTS of tectonic activity around the edges of it.  This area of seismic activity is called:
    • A. 

      Earthquake Island

    • B. 

      Ring of Fire

    • C. 

      Mid-Ocean Ridge


  • 10. 
    The youngest crust on the planet is found:
    • A. 

      In the ocean

    • B. 

      In South Carolina

    • C. 

      On Mount Everest

    • D. 

      There's really no way to tell....


  • 11. 
    What type of rock makes up the ocean floor?
    • A. 

      Igneous

    • B. 

      Sedimentary

    • C. 

      Metamorphic

    • D. 

      There's really no way to tell


  • 12. 
    What happens at a convergent boundary?
    • A. 

      Plates come together

    • B. 

      Plates move apart

    • C. 

      Plates slide past one another


  • 13. 
    What theory did Harry Hess propose?
    • A. 

      Continental Drift

    • B. 

      Plate Tectonics

    • C. 

      Sea Floor Spreading

    • D. 

      Quantum Mechanics


  • 14. 
    Movement of the plates can cause:
    • A. 

      Earthquakes

    • B. 

      Volcanoes

    • C. 

      Tsunamis

    • D. 

      All of the above


  • 15. 
    For a holiday gift, your science teacher would appreciate:
    • A. 

      Coffee

    • B. 

      Chocolate

    • C. 

      Large sums of money

    • D. 

      A pony

    • E. 

      Gold Bars

    • F. 

      A new car

    • G. 

      A fully functioning Achilles tendon

    • H. 

      Any of the above


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