Causes of Tectonic Plate Movement


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What are tectonic plates?

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

2. 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?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Scientist have long been studying tectonic plate movement and its causes. Use this worksheet and quiz to test your understanding of these topics. Some of the terms you will see are thermal convection, ridge push, and mantle.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the definitions of:

  • Ridge push
  • Tectonic plates
  • Trench suction
  • Thermal convection
  • Slab pull

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on tectonic plates
  • Making connections - use understanding of tectonic plates and their movement to identify how we might see or feel the movement of tectonic plates
  • Critical thinking - Discuss land formations and their connection to tectonic plate movement
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast thermal convection, ridge push, slab pull, and trench suction

Additional Learning

To learn more about tectonic plate movement and its causes, review the accompanying lesson. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify tectonic plates
  • Understand plate movement causes and effects
  • Define ridge push
  • Define slab pull
  • Define trench suction
  • Define oceanic crust
  • Identify layers of Earth