What is Plate Tectonics? - Definition, Theory & Components


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What is a fault?

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1. What kind of fault is the San Andreas Fault?

2. The Himalayas were formed by which kind of fault?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You will quickly determine how much you understand about the characteristics of plate tectonics by using this short quiz/worksheet combo. You should be familiar with relevant terms and specific structures in order to do well on this quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Successfully complete this quiz by doing the following:

  • Explain what a fault is
  • Identify which type of fault describes the San Andreas Fault
  • Tell which type of fault formed the Himalayas
  • Note which type of fault involves the plates moving away from each other
  • Describe the consistency of the mantle

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the word 'fault' in the context of plate tectonics
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the earth's mantle
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the San Andreas Fault and the forming of the Himalayas

Additional Learning

Add to your knowledge of this topic by reviewing the lesson titled What is Plate Tectonics? - Definition, Theory & Components. Details described in this lesson include:

  • What is explained by the theory of plate tectonics
  • Examples of large and small faults
  • What happens when hot mantle rises close to the earth's crust
  • Which type of boundary is involved in earthquakes