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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 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.

ConcepTest: Magnetic Polarity at Oceanic Ridge #2 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 normal polarity. a. B, H b. B, G c. B, D c. C, F

ConcepTest: Worldwide Applications of Tectonic Theory #6 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and answer the following question. The ocean floor becomes progressively ______ moving from D toward K. a. older b. younger

ConcepTest: Worldwide Applications of Tectonic Theory #11 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and answer the following question. Which location is near a hot spot? a. F b. B c. D d. M

ConcepTest: Worldwide Applications of Tectonic Theory #5 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and answer the following question. Which two locations will remain the same distance apart, regardless of plate motions? a. B & C b. B & K c. G & L d. F & G

ConcepTest: Worldwide Applications of Tectonic Theory #8 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and answer the following question. The ocean floor becomes progressively ______ moving from F toward G. a. older b. younger

ConcepTest: Worldwide Applications of Tectonic Theory #9 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and answer the following question. Which location is on the Nazca plate? a. A b. C c. F d. J

ConcepTest: Worldwide Applications of Tectonic Theory #7 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and answer the following question. The ocean floor becomes progressively ______ moving from the margin of South America toward L. a. older b. younger

ConcepTest: Worldwide Applications of Tectonic Theory #10 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and answer the following question. Which location is near a site where the continental lithosphere will break apart to form a new ocean basin? a. A b. B c. G d. E

ConcepTest: Location of Volcanoes part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which one of these boundaries pictured in the diagrams below is least likely to have active volcanoes? A. a B. b C. c

ConcepTest: Relative Plate Motion 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. What kind of plate ...

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: Plate Motion and Effect on Cities #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and identify which pair of locations is moving closer together as a result of plate tectonics. a. Bombay and Sydney b. Hawaii and Tokyo c. New York and London d. Cape Town and ...

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: 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: 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: 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 ...



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