Plate Tectonics Quiz Questions And Answers

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What do you know about plate tectonics? Can you attempt these plate tectonics quiz questions and answers and make them all correct? Try the quiz and check your knowledge for the same. Plate tectonics is a scientific theory that explains about dynamics of Earth's outer shell—the lithosphere that is divided into large slabs of solid rock, called plates. Take this quiz on plate tectonics and test as many times as you would like to improve your score!


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  • 1. 
    Scientists found that the continents were moving apart from each other due to magma rising out of mid-ocean ridges, and they called this:
    • A. 

      Sea floor spreading

    • B. 

      Sea floor rising

    • C. 

      Changing sea floor

    • D. 

      Underwater volcanos

  • 2. 
    The Earth's crust is divided into 7 major plates, which include all of the continents. Along which two plates do we see major earthquake activity?
    • A. 

      Pacific and North/South American

    • B. 

      Pacific and Eurasian/Indian

    • C. 

      South American and African

    • D. 

      A and B

  • 3. 
    Wegener's old theory, called sea floor spreading, was found too simplistic because it did not explain how the continents would move. It was replaced by a theory called:
    • A. 

      Plate Tectonics

    • B. 

      Crustal Forces

    • C. 

      Paleomagnetism

    • D. 

      Weather forces

  • 4. 
    Plate tectonics is our current theory of how the movement of continental masses relates to the movement of ocean basins. This movement explains many phenomena, such as:
    • A. 

      Earthquakes

    • B. 

      Volcanoes

    • C. 

      Weather patterns

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 5. 
    Plate tectonics, or the movement of pieces of Earth's crust, is thought to be caused by:
    • A. 

      Volcanoes

    • B. 

      Earthquakes

    • C. 

      Convection currents in Earth's mantle

    • D. 

      Hot spots

  • 6. 
    The Earth's continents were once connected in one giant continent called:
    • A. 

      Eurasia

    • B. 

      Indo-Australia

    • C. 

      Pangaea

    • D. 

      Pacifica

  • 7. 
    Plate margins are places where much activity occurs. Earthquakes occur, for example, along convergent margins, where plates are:
    • A. 

      Moving apart

    • B. 

      Sliding past each other

    • C. 

      Colliding

    • D. 

      Overlapping

  • 8. 
    Volcanoes occur in similar locations to earthquakes, and are common along plate boundaries. Sixty percent of volcanoes occur surrounding the Pacific Ocean, a location called:
    • A. 

      "The hot zone"

    • B. 

      "The Ring of Fire"

    • C. 

      "The Volcano Zone"

    • D. 

      All of these

  • 9. 
    Plate tectonics can also be the direct cause of forming:
    • A. 

      Lakes

    • B. 

      Streams

    • C. 

      Mountains

    • D. 

      Oceans

  • 10. 
    What is Pangaea?
    • A. 

      A supercontinent that existed in early geologic time

    • B. 

      Scientist's name

    • C. 

      Continental drift is also called Pangaea.

    • D. 

      A fossil fuel

  • 11. 
    What type of plate boundary has the plates moving away from each other?
    • A. 

      Transform

    • B. 

      Subduction

    • C. 

      Convergent

    • D. 

      Divergent

  • 12. 
    What type of plate boundary has the two plates sliding past each other?
    • A. 

      Transform

    • B. 

      Subduction

    • C. 

      Convergent

    • D. 

      Divergent

  • 13. 
    How do scientists learn about the interior (center) of the earth?
    • A. 

      GPS

    • B. 

      Seismic Waves

    • C. 

      Beltometers

    • D. 

      Particulate Array

  • 14. 
    Scientists found that the continents were moving apart from each other due to magma rising out of mid-ocean ridges, and they called this
    • A. 

      Sea floor spreading

    • B. 

      Sea floor rising

    • C. 

      Changing sea floor

    • D. 

      Underwater volcanos

  • 15. 
    What drives plate movement?
    • A. 

      Plate boundaries

    • B. 

      Ocean currents

    • C. 

      Convection currents

    • D. 

      The sun

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