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ConcepTest: Plate Motion and Effect on Cities #1

ConcepTest questions by David McConnell, David Steer , Walter Borowski, Jeffrey Dick, Annabelle Foos, Jeffrey Knott, Alvin Konigsberg, Michelle Malone, Heidi McGrew, Kathie Owens, and Stephen Van Horn


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 Sydney

Worldwide Tectonic Map

Student Responses:

No data yet. The correct responseis B.

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Resource Type

Activities:Classroom Activity:Short Activity:ConcepTests

Grade Level

College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

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Earth System Topics

Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics




Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Plate Tectonics