Plate Tectonics: Theory & Definition


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Why is plate tectonics a unifying theory in geology?

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1. At what type of plate boundary does subduction occur?

2. What is the name for circulation of hot rocks in the mantle?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will gauge your understanding of plate tectonic theory. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the reason plate tectonics is a unifying theory in geology and the type of plate boundary at which subduction occurs.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Reasons for plate tectonics being a unifying theory
  • Name for the circulation of hot rocks in the mantle
  • How the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau were formed
  • The Mid-Atlantic Range

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about plate tectonics
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify main terms based on provided definitions
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can review information regarding plate tectonics and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the theory of how the earth's crust moves, review the corresponding lesson titled Plate Tectonics: Theory & Definition. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what plate tectonics involve and its unifying nature
  • Know the two main types of lithosphere and their composition
  • Appreciate the layer below the lithosphere and its characteristics
  • Understand how rocks move by mantle convection and where they occur