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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: Worldwide Tectonic Portrait #6 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 6 ...

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #3 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map below and answer the question that follows. Location B is moving approximately toward the ___________. a. south b. west c. north d. east

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #4 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map below and answer the question that follows. Where would you be most likely to find the epicenter of a deep (more than 300 km) earthquake? a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #5 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map and answer the question that follows. What is the largest type of volcano that is present near C and D? a. stratovolcano b. cinder cone c. shield volcano

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: 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 #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: 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.



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