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Plate Tectonics and Dating Methods Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Using an apple as a model of the earth, the peel, fruit, and core represent, in order:

Question 2 2. 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 3 3. What kind of plate boundary is shown in this picture?

Question 4 4. The Mesozoic Era was the Age of Dinosaurs, and the current Cenozoic Era is the Age of _____.

Question 5 5. What evidence did Wegener NOT use to support his idea of continental drift?

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Question 6 6. How does an eon differ from an era?

Question 7 7. What are tectonic plates?

Question 8 8. What was the main discovery when people began mapping the ocean floor after World War II?

Question 9 9. When scientists found identical patterns on either side of the mid-ocean ridge, what did they deduce?

Question 10 10. As the leading edge of a tectonic plate is forced back into the mantle, a small convection current forms beneath it, pulling it downwards. This is known as what?

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Question 11 11. James needs to write a report which will describe the ups and downs of mammals in a previous time period. Why would discussing epochs make sense?

Question 12 12. In the fall of 1911, what was one of the problems Alfred Wegener saw in the theory that the Earth was unchanging?

Question 13 13. The statement Rock A is fifty years older than Rock B is an example of _____.

Question 14 14. The boundary in the picture is

Question 15 15. Rock Strata A contains Fossil X. It is below Rock Strata C which contains Fossil Z. Rock Strata B contains Fossil Y. It is above Rock Strata C. Which of the following is the correct order of the fossils (from oldest to youngest)?

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Question 16 16. What discovery was NOT made from mapping the ocean floor?

Question 17 17. Which of the following can be formed by a convergent boundary?

Question 18 18. An index fossil represents a species that _____.

Question 19 19. What divides the two major eons (the Precambrian and Phanerozoic Eons)?

Question 20 20. When plates that are higher at the spreading center flow downhill and eventually flatten out to the ocean floor, we call that _____.

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Question 21 21. 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 22 22. What fossils did Wegener NOT use to support his idea of continental drift?

Question 23 23. Which of the following statements about tectonic plates is FALSE?

Question 24 24. The process by which heat from the Earth's interior causes magma to rise and sink is known as what?

Question 25 25. Plate tectonics is the theory that the Earth's crust _____.

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Question 26 26. Why do many geologists study layers of strata?

Question 27 27. If Fossil A is found in a lower rock layer, and Fossil B is found in an upper rock layer, then Species A most likely _____.

Question 28 28. What was the accepted theory about the Earth's continents during Wegener's time?

Question 29 29. Which of the following would NOT be a good trait for an index fossil?

Question 30 30. What are the plates of the Earth's crust?

Plate Tectonics and Dating Methods Chapter Exam Instructions

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