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Michigan Merit Exam: Plate Tectonics Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. What magnetic readings are detected in stripes of the ocean floor closest to the crest of ocean ridges?

Question 2 2. Which term is best described as the creation of new oceanic crust due to the upwelling of magma?

Question 3 3. Convection is:

Question 4 4. Which of the following theories asserts that earth's crust is broken up into plates?

Question 5 5. What makes the Pacific plate unique compared to other plates?

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Question 6 6. What separates the South American plate and the African plate?

Question 7 7. Plate tectonics is the theory that the Earth's crust _____.

Question 8 8. What are the plates of the Earth's crust?

Question 9 9. What was the main discovery when people began mapping the ocean floor after World War II?

Question 10 10. What happens to strips of the ocean floor going out from oceanic ridges?

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Question 11 11. What discovery was NOT made from mapping the ocean floor?

Question 12 12. Which of the following statements about tectonic plates is FALSE?

Question 13 13. Which of the following can be formed by a convergent boundary?

Question 14 14. The boundary in the picture is

Question 15 15. What are tectonic plates?

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Question 16 16. Which of these is a FALSE statement about hot spots?

Question 17 17. When the mantle pushes the edges of a tectonic plate higher, gravity can pull downward on it, causing the plate to move. This is known as what?

Question 18 18. What kind of plate boundary is shown in this picture?

Question 19 19. Which of the following best defines reversed polarity?

Question 20 20. How do the normal and reversed polarity of stripes of ocean floor prove that the earth's magnetic field has changed multiple times since its formation?

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Question 21 21. Upon studying oceanic ridges, they discovered they were actually _____.

Question 22 22. Which of the following major plates is located farthest south?

Question 23 23. Which of the following best defines the Mid-Ocean Ridge?

Question 24 24. As the leading edge of a tectonic plate moves back into the Earth, gravity can assist its movement downward. This is known as what?

Question 25 25. Using an apple as a model of the earth, the peel, fruit, and core represent, in order:

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Question 26 26. If you had a career as a paleomagnetist, what would you study?

Question 27 27. When scientists found identical patterns on either side of the mid-ocean ridge, what did they deduce?

Question 28 28. Why was seafloor spreading an important discovery?

Question 29 29. Plate tectonics is the theory that the Earth's _____ is broken into pieces that move around on top of the _____.

Question 30 30. When plates that are higher at the spreading center flow downhill and eventually flatten out to the ocean floor, we call that _____.

Michigan Merit Exam: Plate Tectonics Chapter Exam Instructions

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