Earth's Mantle: Definition & Facts


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The asthenosphere gets its name from a Greek word meaning 'weak.' Why would this describe the asthenosphere?

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1. Where would be the easiest place for you to see a piece of rock from the mantle?

2. How can convection in the mantle affect the positions of Earth's continents?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will gauge your learning about the Earth's mantle. You will be quizzed on what the mantle is made of and its effect on the Earth's surface.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the Earth's mantle, including:

  • Its composition
  • Effects of convection
  • Use of seismic waves for gathering related information

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 Earth's mantle lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a common rock type in the Earth's mantle
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the origin of the word 'asthenosphere'

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Earth's mantle, read through the lesson called Earth's Mantle: Definition & Facts. This lesson meets the following objectives:

  • Learn the composition of Earth's mantle
  • Identify the Mohorovicic and Gutenberg discontinuities.
  • Recognize the mantle's effects on Earth's surface
  • Understand effective ways of studying the Earth's mantle