Mantle Plume: Definition & Explanation


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Why do the rocks in a mantle plume rise?

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1. What explanation is made for why mantle plumes do not move along with the overlying lithosphere?

2. For which of the following has a mantle plume NOT been suggested as the cause?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Mantle plumes can be basically described as columns of rock that rise through the mantle. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you test your understanding of the characteristics and results of these plumes. The quiz questions test you on what mantle plumes can cause and their characteristics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Geographic features that have been hypothesized to result from mantle plumes
  • Reason the rocks in a mantle plume rise upwards
  • The characteristics of flood basalts

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about how mantle plumes affect the earth's surface in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the research being done on mantle plumes and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the movement of mantle plumes

Additional Learning

To learn more about mantle plumes, review the accompanying lesson, Mantle Plume: Definition & Explanation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define mantle plumes
  • Understand the evidence supporting the existence of mantle plumes
  • Examine natural phenomena on the surface of the Earth that could be linked to or explained by mantle plumes