Plate Tectonics Science Test

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I needed someway to study for my test so I made this. Its for my *th grade science class, so if you take it, its what im being tested over soon. Dont take it if your not interested.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How does convection cause tectonic plates to move?
  • 2. 
     the movement of matter due to differences in density that  are caused by temperature variations; can result in the transfer of heat
    • A. 

      Convection

    • B. 

      Fold

    • C. 

      Stress

  • 3. 
     the boundary between two tectonic plates  that are colliding
    • A. 

      Rifting

    • B. 

      Convergent Boundary

    • C. 

      Transform Boundary

  • 4. 
     a long, undersea mountain chain that has a  steep, narrow valley at its center, that forms as magma rises from the  asthenosphere, and that creates new oceanic lithosphere (sea floor) as  tectonic plates move apart
    • A. 

      Mountain Range

    • B. 

      Sea floor spreading

    • C. 

      Mid Ocean Ridge

  • 5. 
    The process by which supercontinents  form and break apart over millions of years
    • A. 

      Convection

    • B. 

      Continental Drift

    • C. 

      Supercontinent Cycle

  • 6. 
     the boundary between two tectonic plates that  are moving away from each other
    • A. 

      Convergent Boundary

    • B. 

      Divergent Boundary

    • C. 

      Stress

  • 7. 
     a condition of gravitational and buoyant equilibrium  between Earth’s lithosphere and asthenosphere
    • A. 

      Fold

    • B. 

      Isostasy

    • C. 

      Plate tectonics

  • 8. 
     a series of mountains that are closely related in  orientation, age, and mode of formation. 
    • A. 

      Stress

    • B. 

      Sea floor spreading

    • C. 

      Mountain Range

  • 9. 
     the boundary between two tectonic plates  that are sliding past each other horizontally
    • A. 

      Transform Boundary

    • B. 

      Strain

    • C. 

      Fault

  • 10. 
    A form of ductile strain in which rock layers bend, usually the  result of compression
    • A. 

      Fold

    • B. 

      Strain

    • C. 

      Fault

  • 11. 
    The hypothesis that states, that the continents once formed a single landmass, broke up, and drifted to their present locations. 
    • A. 

      Pangea

    • B. 

      Isostasy

    • C. 

      Continental Drift

  • 12. 
     crust that has a low density and is made of rock  that is rich in silica
    • A. 

      Continental Crust

    • B. 

      Convection

    • C. 

      Panthalassa

  • 13. 
     break in a body of rock along which one block slides  relative to another; a form of brittle strain
    • A. 

      Fold

    • B. 

      Stress

    • C. 

      Fault

  • 14. 
     the process by which new oceanic lithosphere  (sea floor) forms as magma rises to Earth’s surface and solidifies at a  mid-ocean ridge
    • A. 

      Plate tectonics

    • B. 

      Seafloor spreading

    • C. 

      Convection

  • 15. 
    Is the process by which Earth’s crust breaks apart; can occur within oceanic crust or continental crust
    • A. 

      Rifting

    • B. 

      Fault

    • C. 

      Earthquake

  • 16. 
     the bending, tilting, and breaking of Earth’s crust; the  change in shape of rock in response to stress.
    • A. 

      Deformation

    • B. 

      Strain

    • C. 

      Terrane

  • 17. 
     is the supercontinent that formed 300 million years ago and that began to break up 250 million years ago
    • A. 

      Rifting

    • B. 

      Pangea

    • C. 

      Panthalassa

  • 18. 
     any change in a rock’s shape or volume caused by stress;  deformation
    • A. 

      Deformation

    • B. 

      Stress

    • C. 

      Strain

  • 19. 
     the amount of force per unit area that acts on a rock 
    • A. 

      Stress

    • B. 

      Strain

    • C. 

      Fault

  • 20. 
     the theory that explains how large pieces of the  lithosphere, called plates, move and change shape
    • A. 

      Plate Tectonics

    • B. 

      Mountain Range

    • C. 

      Paleomagnetism

  • 21. 
     crust that is dense and made of rock that is rich in iron  and magnesium
    • A. 

      Oceanic Crust

    • B. 

      Continental Crust

    • C. 

      Terrane

  • 22. 
     a piece of lithosphere that has a unique geologic history and that may be part of a larger piece of lithosphere, such as a continent
    • A. 

      Pangea

    • B. 

      Terrane

    • C. 

      Continental Crust

  • 23. 
    Oceanic Crust is denser than Continental crust.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    Continental Crust is made of rock that is rich in Iron and magnesium.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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