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ConcepTest: Divergent Plates #4 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the diagram below that shows oceanic and continental crust surrounding a plate boundary. Based on the current plate tectonic setting, location Y is moving toward ____? a. A b. B c. C d. D

ConcepTest: Oldest Oceanic Crust part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the diagram below that shows a section of Earth's outer layers. Which location contains the oldest rocks that were originally formed at an oceanic ridge? a. A b. B c. C d. D

ConcepTest: Transform Boundary part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A and B are located on two plates separated by a transform boundary (see diagram below). What direction is plate B moving if plate A is moving northeast (NE)? a. northeast b. northwest c. southwest d. southeast

ConcepTest: Youngest Oceanic Crust part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the diagram below that shows a section of Earth's outer layers. Where would you find the youngest oceanic crust? a. A b. B c. C d. D

ConcepTest: Divergent Plates #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the diagram below that shows oceanic and continental crust surrounding a plate boundary. Based on the current plate tectonic setting, location X is moving toward ____? a. A b. B c. C d. D

ConcepTest: Divergent Plates #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the diagram below that shows oceanic and continental crust surrounding a plate boundary. Based on the current plate tectonic setting, location Y is moving toward ____? a. A b. B c. C d. D

ConcepTest: Transform Boundary #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A and B are located on two plates separated by a transform boundary (see diagram below). What direction is plate B moving if plate A is moving west? a. east b. west c. south d. north

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #6 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map and answer the question that follows. What type of volcano would be most likely to form at location B? a. stratovolcano b. cinder cone c. shield volcano

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #7 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map below and complete the statement that follows. The uppermost part of a subduction zone can be found nearest to ____. a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E

ConcepTest: Western U.S. Volcanoes and Earthquakes #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The map below shows the plate configurations along the western margin of North America. At which of the locations would we be most likely to find the epicenters for deep (e.g. 300 km) earthquakes? a. A b. B c. C d. ...

ConcepTest: Western U.S. Volcanoes and Earthquakes #3 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The map below shows the plate configurations along the western margin of North America. Near which of the locations would we be most likely to find a strike-slip fault? a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E

ConcepTest: Western U.S. Volcanoes and Earthquakes #4 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The map below shows the plate configurations along the western margin of North America. Five million years in the future, sites represented by which pair of letters will NOT have moved closer together? a. A & C ...

ConcepTest: Worldwide Tectonic Portrait #3 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The schematic cross sections below illustrate four models of relative plate motions and plate boundary geometry. Which of the cross sections best represents the characteristics of the plate boundary at location 3 ...

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #9 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map below and answer the question that follows. Which location is over the thickest section of lithosphere? a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E

ConcepTest: Worldwide Tectonic Portrait #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The schematic cross sections below illustrate four models of relative plate motions and plate boundary geometry. Which of the cross sections best represents the characteristics of the plate boundary at location 2 ...

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #8 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map below and answer the question that follows. Where is the youngest lithosphere? a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #10 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map below and answer the question that follows. Which location is over the thinnest section of lithosphere? a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E

ConcepTest: World Oceans #4 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map of the world's oceans and use it to answer the following question. Which of the locations best represents an active continental margin? a. D b. A c. F d. E

ConcepTest: EQ and Convergent Boundary Sketch part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The figure below was drawn by a student to show the relationship between earthquake epicenters (filled circles) and a convergent plate boundary (red line). The figure represents a boundary between an oceanic plate ...

ConcepTest: Convergent Boundary part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The figures below show the location of a plate boundary (dashed line) and the distribution of earthquake foci (filled circles). The color of the filled circle indicates the depth of the earthquake focus. Given the ...



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