Active & Passive Continental Margins


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1. A geologist is studying an area where the continental crust comes into contact with the oceanic crust. What is this area called?

2. While studying a certain area, a geologist observes that the region is mountainous with earthquake and volcanic activity. What kind of area is the geologist studying?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you understand Earth's geologic systems and how they interact with each other. Read on to learn more about why volcanoes and earthquakes occur at specific locations on the Earth's crust.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these resources to review:

  • The layers of the Earth and their functions
  • What the different types of continental margins are
  • How the subterranean processes of plate tectonics affect the surface of the Earth

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you retain the most important information about Earth's geologic systems and their inner-workings.
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as continental margin, subduction zone, and continental shelf.
  • Making connections - understand how tectonic plates interact with each other to create vastly different environments on the Earth's surface.

Additional Learning

Learn more about how active and passive continental margins are formed. Review the accompanying lesson plan that covers the following objectives:

  • Examine the different geologic layers of the Earth
  • Learn why some continental margins have no volcanic activity, and some have a lot
  • Understand how Earth's tectonic plates interact with each other