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  • 1. 
    A long chain of volcanic mountains on the ocean floor with a deep central valley is called?
    • A. 

      Mid-ocean ridge.

    • B. 

      Continental drift.

    • C. 

      Age of the ocean floor.

    • D. 

      Normal polarity.

  • 2. 
    What are the two types of Magnetism on the ocean floor?
    • A. 

      Normal Polarity, and Reversed Polarity.

    • B. 

      South Polarity, and North Polarity.

    • C. 

      West Polarity, and South Polarity.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 3. 
    Measurements have shown that the flow of heat leaving the rocks along the mid-ocean ridges is __________ _________
    • A. 

      Normal.

    • B. 

      Unusually low.

    • C. 

      Unusually high.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 4. 
    Who discovered the continental drift in 1912?
    • A. 

      Obama.

    • B. 

      Alfred Wegener.

    • C. 

      Albert Einstein.

    • D. 

      JJ Thompson.

  • 5. 
    In the early 1500's, explorers using maps noted the remarkable fit between which continents?
    • A. 

      North America and Africa.

    • B. 

      South America and Australia.

    • C. 

      Africa and South America.

    • D. 

      Africa and the Haiti.

  • 6. 
    The theory that describes the formation, movements, and interactions of these plates is called?
    • A. 

      Plate tectonics.

    • B. 

      The Lithosphere.

    • C. 

      Rift Valley.

    • D. 

      Volcanoes.

  • 7. 
    What was Wegener's evidence that continental drift actually happened?
    • A. 

      Fossils of Mesosaurus.

    • B. 

      Similarities in the shapes of Africa and South America.

    • C. 

      Distinctive rock formations.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 8. 
    In the end Alfred Wegener became?
    • A. 

      Rich.

    • B. 

      Went to jail.

    • C. 

      Was not successful in defending the continental drift hypothesis.

    • D. 

      Was murdered.

  • 9. 
    True or false. Data indicates that earthquakes and volcanic activity do not occur radomly throughout the world?
    • A. 

      True.

    • B. 

      False.

  • 10. 
    A boundary between two lithospheric plates that are moving apart is called?
    • A. 

      A rift.

    • B. 

      Rift valley.

    • C. 

      Divergent Boundary.

    • D. 

      Convergent Boundary.

  • 11. 
    A boundary between two plates that are moving toward each other is called?
    • A. 

      Divergent Boundary.

    • B. 

      Convergent Boundary.

    • C. 

      Subduction Boundary.

    • D. 

      Deep-sea trench.

  • 12. 
    Deep valleys at the center of a mid-ocean ridge is called?
    • A. 

      Rift valley.

    • B. 

      Rifts.

    • C. 

      Deep-sea trench.

    • D. 

      Subduction boundary.

  • 13. 
    Another word for crack is?
    • A. 

      Crack.

    • B. 

      Split.

    • C. 

      Rift.

    • D. 

      Rift valley.

  • 14. 
    The boundary between the plates is called a?
    • A. 

      Subduction boundary.

    • B. 

      Convergent boundary.

    • C. 

      Plate.

    • D. 

      Divergent boundary.

  • 15. 
    A deep trench that forms along a boundary is called?
    • A. 

      Sea deep trench.

    • B. 

      Trench.

    • C. 

      Deep-sea trench.

    • D. 

      Subduction trench.

  • 16. 
    What is the boundary that can occur at the convergence of two oceanic plates or at the convergence of an oceanic plate with a continental plate?
    • A. 

      Divergent boundary.

    • B. 

      Convergent boundary.

    • C. 

      Subduction boundary.

    • D. 

      Transform boundary.

  • 17. 
    Mt.Shasta is a example of what type of boundary?
    • A. 

      Subduction boundary

    • B. 

      Divergent boundary

    • C. 

      Convergent boundary.

    • D. 

      Transform boundary.

  • 18. 
    Name two examples of a divergent boundary.
    • A. 

      Islands of indonesia and western coast of south america.

    • B. 

      Himalayas and san andreas fault.

    • C. 

      Mid-atlantic ridge and east pacific rise.

    • D. 

      San andreas fault and mid-ocean ridges.

  • 19. 
    A collision boundary is when.......
    • A. 

      The boundary that forms when two continents collide and are welded into a single, larger continent.

    • B. 

      The boundary between the plates.

    • C. 

      A boundary between two lithospheric plates that are moving apart.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 20. 
    A boundary between two plates that are sliding past eachother is called?
    • A. 

      Collision boundary.

    • B. 

      Fusion boundary.

    • C. 

      Sliding boundary.

    • D. 

      Transform boundary.

  • 21. 
    Mantle convection is?
    • A. 

      Heat from Earth's inner and outer cores and is transferred through the mantle.

    • B. 

      Heat in the inner core that is trqansfered through the mantle.

    • C. 

      Heat in the outer core that is transferred through the mantle.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 22. 
    What are the three hypotheses that describe plate movement?
    • A. 

      Mantle convection, slab pull, and ridge push.

    • B. 

      Slab pull, deep-sea trench and convection cell.

    • C. 

      Ridge push, convection cell, and deep-sea trench.

    • D. 

      None of the pull.

  • 23. 
    A force that is exerted by cooling, subsiding rock on the spreading lithospheric plates at a mid-ocean ridge.
    • A. 

      Ridge push

    • B. 

      Mantle convection

    • C. 

      Slab pull

    • D. 

      Momentum.

  • 24. 
    The force that the sinking edge of the plate exerts on the rest of the plate is called?
    • A. 

      Momentum.

    • B. 

      Ridge push.

    • C. 

      Slab pull.

    • D. 

      Strong force.

  • 25. 
    Geologists use the name ________ to refer to the giant landmass that exsisted 250 million years ago when all land was conected as one.
    • A. 

      Pangaea.

    • B. 

      Laurassia.

    • C. 

      Gondwana.

    • D. 

      Pathalassa.

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