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ConcepTest: Worldwide Applications of Tectonic Theory #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and identify which two locations are moving farther apart due to plate motions? a. B & C b. F & G c. D &H d. E & M

ConcepTest: Worldwide Tectonic Portrait #1 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 1 ...

ConcepTest: Oceanic Floor Width part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Two ocean basins of identical size are almost surrounded by continents. The oceanic lithosphere below Ocean A is bordered by plate boundaries. The sea floor under Ocean B has a plate boundary running along its ...

ConcepTest: Oceanic Floor Width #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Two ocean basins of identical size are almost surrounded by continents. The oceanic lithosphere below Ocean A is bordered by plate boundaries. The sea floor under Ocean B has a plate boundary running along its ...

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: 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: Convergent Boundary part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A and B represent locations on two separate plates. The curved black line represents the plate boundary. The arrows show the directions of plate motion and the rates of motion are indicated. a. transform b. ...

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map and answer the question that follows. How many plates are present? a. 3 b. 4 c. 5 d. 6

ConcepTest: Youngest Volcano part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the diagram below. The lettered objects represent volcanoes formed on an oceanic plate above a hot spot. The arrow illustrates the direction of plate motion. Which volcano is the youngest? a. b. c. 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: 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: Oldest Volcano part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the diagram below. The lettered objects represent volcanoes formed on an oceanic plate above a hot spot. The arrow illustrates the direction of plate motion. Which volcano is the oldest? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Order of Volcano Formation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the diagram below. The lettered objects represent volcanoes formed on an oceanic plate above a hot spot. The arrow illustrates the direction of plate motion. In what order did the volcanoes form (youngest ...

ConcepTest: Location of Largest Earthquakes part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Two ocean basins of identical size are almost surrounded by continents. The oceanic lithosphere below Ocean A is bordered by plate boundaries. The sea floor under Ocean B has a plate boundary running along its ...

ConcepTest: Location of Most Frequent Earthquakes part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Two ocean basins of identical size are almost surrounded by continents. The oceanic lithosphere below Ocean A is bordered by plate boundaries. The sea floor under Ocean B has a plate boundary running along its ...

ConcepTest: Plate Tectonic Theory part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the following statements is not consistent with plate tectonic theory? a. Continental crust is generally older than oceanic crust. b. The number of plates has changed through time. c. Mountain chains are ...

ConcepTest: Characteristics of the Ocean Floor part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
What is the relationship between age and the character of the ocean floor? Which statement is TRUE? a. Deeper regions of the ocean floor tend to be younger b. The Pacific is larger than the Atlantic because it ...

ConcepTest: Location of Deep Earthquakes part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Where will deep earthquakes occur most frequently in the plate tectonic setting shown below?

ConcepTest: EQ Recurrence Interval part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Plate A moves 3 cm/yr past plate B. A typical earthquake along the plate boundary has 6 meters of slip. What is the recurrence interval of the earthquake? a. 0.2 years b. 2 years c. 200 years d. 2000 years

ConcepTest: World Oceans #1 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 a passive continental margin? a. A b. B c. C d. D



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