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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: Age of Red Sea Crust part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The floor of the Atlantic Ocean is approximately 20 times wider than the Red Sea basin. Predict the approximate age of the oldest oceanic crust below the Red Sea. a. 500,000 years b. 10 million years c. 50 million ...

ConcepTest: Movement of Volcano part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A volcano formed over a hot spot in the Pacific Ocean would travel approximately _______ in 1000 years. (Assume a constant rate of plate motion. 1 km = 1000 m; 1 m = 100 cm; 1 cm = 10 mm.) a. 1-2 meters b. 100-200 ...

ConcepTest: Separation of North America and Europe part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Between 1900 and 2000, North America increased its distance from Europe by approximately ______. (Assume a constant rate of plate motion. 1 km = 1000 m; 1 m = 100 cm; 1 cm = 10 mm.) a. 20-40 centimeters b. 2-4 ...

ConcepTest: Spreading Rate of Spreading Center part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Scientists collect rock samples of the oceanic crust from a location that is 10 km from a spreading center. (1 km = 1000 m; 1 m = 100 cm; 1 cm = 10 mm.) The sampled rocks were found to be 200,000 years old. What ...

ConcepTest: Magnetic Inclination part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The diagram below shows the magnetic inclination determined for three lava flows preserved in a cliff. (Assume that Earth's magnetic field was in the same orientation as it is today.) What happened to the ...

ConcepTest: Magnetic Inclination in Lava part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Two lava flows formed at the same location on a plate, 90 million years apart. The plate migrated 500 km northward in the time between the formation of the first and second lava flows. Scientists sampled rocks from ...

ConcepTest: Magnetism Across Oceanic Ridge part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The figure below represents a magnetic profile across an oceanic ridge system. The profile is a plot of (A) distance from the oceanic ridge vs. (B) _________. a. magnetic declination b. magnetic intensity c. ...

ConcepTest: Magnetic Polarity at Oceanic Ridge #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The figure below represents a magnetic profile across an oceanic ridge system. Which pairs of letters indicate matching intervals of reverse polarity. a. A, H b. B, G c. C, F c. G, H

ConcepTest: Axis of Ridge part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
This is part of a magnetic profile across an oceanic ridge system. The profile shows both positive and negative anomalies. Based on the symmetry of the patterns, where is the axis of the ridge located? a. A b. B c. ...

ConcepTest: Mantle Convection part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the schematic diagrams below best represents mantle convection associated with plate tectonics? a. b. c. d. e.

ConcepTest: Linear Mountain Range part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
In exploring a new planet, you discover a long, linear mountain range crossing a broad low-lying area that is interpreted to represent an ancient basin. Predict what type of plate tectonic feature this represents. ...

ConcepTest: Trough part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
In exploring a new planet, you discover a long, linear trough that separates a low lying region and an upland region. Predict what type of plate tectonic feature this represents. a. subduction zone b. ...

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: EQ Distribution, North America part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the maps below best represents the distribution of magnitude 6 or greater earthquakes in North America within a decade? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: EQ Distribution, South America part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the maps below best represents the distribution of magnitude 6 or greater earthquakes in South America within a decade? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: EQ Locations in North America part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the locations on the map of North America below is most likely to experience a magnitude 6 or greater earthquake? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: EQ Occurrence in North America part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Earthquakes occur most frequently in North America at location ___. a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: EQ Occurrence in South America part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Earthquakes occur most frequently in South America at location ___. a. b. c. d.



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