Pangaea And Plate Tectonics

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Pangaea And Plate Tectonics

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  • 1. 
    Pangaea was/is
    • A. 

      A large pancake

    • B. 

      The landmasses of today

    • C. 

      The super-continent of the past

    • D. 

      The super-ocean of the past

  • 2. 
    Pangaea existed about
    • A. 

      5,000 years ago

    • B. 

      5 million years ago

    • C. 

      275 million years ago

    • D. 

      3 billion years ago

  • 3. 
    What happened to Pangaea
    • A. 

      It broke apart over millions of years

    • B. 

      It broke apart in a couple of years

    • C. 

      It was destroyed by an asteroid

    • D. 

      It sunk into the ocean

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      South America and Asia

    • B. 

      South America and North America

    • C. 

      South America and Africa

    • D. 

      Europe and Australia

  • 5. 
    When Wegener placed the landmasses together, coalfields on ______________ and _______________ lined up.
    • A. 

      North America and Asia

    • B. 

      Asia and Europe

    • C. 

      Australia and South America

    • D. 

      North America and Europe

  • 6. 
    A plant called _____________________ was found on widely separated landmasses
    • A. 

      Obsenterius

    • B. 

      Glossopteris

    • C. 

      Mesosaurus

    • D. 

      Fernatius

  • 7. 
    What about the mesosaurus helps prove that Pangaea existed?
    • A. 

      It ate small fish

    • B. 

      Its body was perfect for swimming swiftly through the water

    • C. 

      Freshwater ponds and lakes were its habitat

    • D. 

      It measured around 71 cm from its nose to the tip of its tail

  • 8. 
    Scratches on rocks made by _________________ in tropical locations helped support the theory of Pangaea.
    • A. 

      Mesosaurus

    • B. 

      Lystrosaurus

    • C. 

      Glaciers

    • D. 

      Meteors

  • 9. 
    Tropical plant fossils found on  ______________________ helped prove the theory of Pangaea.
    • A. 

      Islands in the Bahamas

    • B. 

      Islands in the Arctic ocean

    • C. 

      Hawaii

    • D. 

      Bermuda

  • 10. 
    Was Wegener's theory ever  proven?
    • A. 

      No, he never was able to

    • B. 

      Yes, he was able to in the 1920s

    • C. 

      Yes, but not till after he died

    • D. 

      Yes, he became a billionaire and was very famous.

  • 11. 
    Earth's crust is broken into pieces called
    • A. 

      Crustal pieces

    • B. 

      Plates

    • C. 

      Cooled mantle

    • D. 

      Continents

  • 12. 
    What is the theory of plate tectonics?
    • A. 

      It states that pieces of the Earth's crust are moving very slowly

    • B. 

      It states that pieces of the Earth's crust are moving quickly

    • C. 

      It states that the Earth's crust is solid and unbroken

    • D. 

      It states that pieces of the Earth's crust are shaped like puzzle pieces

  • 13. 
    A transform boundary is when
    • A. 

      Two plates slip past each other, moving in opposite directions

    • B. 

      Two plates move apart from each other

    • C. 

      Two plates move in the same direction

    • D. 

      Two plates come together

  • 14. 
    ____________________ are what happen when plates rub past each other and cause friction.
    • A. 

      Volcanoes

    • B. 

      Earthquakes

    • C. 

      Hot spots

    • D. 

      Seafloor spreadings

  • 15. 
    A divergent boundary is when two plates
    • A. 

      Come together

    • B. 

      Move apart

    • C. 

      Slip past each other

    • D. 

      Move in the same direction

  • 16. 
    The mid-Atlantic ridge occurs along a _______________.
    • A. 

      Convergent boundary

    • B. 

      Divergent boundary

    • C. 

      Transform boundary

    • D. 

      Hot spot

  • 17. 
    What process is adds new crust?
    • A. 

      Earthquakes

    • B. 

      Subduction

    • C. 

      Seafloor spreading

    • D. 

      Mountains

  • 18. 
    A rift valley is where
    • A. 

      Two oceanic plates pull apart

    • B. 

      Two oceanic plates come together

    • C. 

      Two continental plates pull apart

    • D. 

      Two continental plates come together

  • 19. 
    A convergent boundary is where two plates
    • A. 

      Come together

    • B. 

      Slide past each other

    • C. 

      Move apart

    • D. 

      Move in the same direction

  • 20. 
    Subduction is when
    • A. 

      An oceanic plate slides below another oceanic plate

    • B. 

      A continental pate slides below an oceanic plate

    • C. 

      An oceanic plate slides below a continental plate

    • D. 

      An oceanic plate slides below a continental plate

  • 21. 
    A part of the mantle with very high temperatures that rises through the solid crust is called
    • A. 

      A subduction zone

    • B. 

      Sea floor spreading

    • C. 

      A hot spot

    • D. 

      A rift valley

  • 22. 
    Where is the ring of fire located?
    • A. 

      Around the edges of the Atlantic Ocean

    • B. 

      Around the edges of the North American plate

    • C. 

      Around the edges of all of the oceans

    • D. 

      Around the edges of the Pacific Ocean

  • 23. 
    What occurs along the ring of fire?
    • A. 

      Seafloor spreading

    • B. 

      Earthquakes and volcanoes

    • C. 

      Just earthquakes

    • D. 

      Just volcanoes

  • 24. 
    Who came up with the theory of continental drift?
    • A. 

      Albert Lovera

    • B. 

      Albert Einstein

    • C. 

      Alfred Wegener

    • D. 

      Mrs. Marquart

  • 25. 
    Continental crust is _________________ and __________________ than oceanic crust.
    • A. 

      Thicker and heavier

    • B. 

      Thicker and denser

    • C. 

      Thinner and heavier

    • D. 

      Thinner and lighter