The Lithosphere: Definition & Composition


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What physical property of rocks is used to define the lithosphere?

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1. What are large pieces of the lithosphere called?

2. Which of these statements is TRUE?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The lithosphere is one of the four main components of the Earth system. You can use these assessment tools to test your knowledge of its physical characteristics and why it is important. The questions on the quiz will test you on the properties and composition of the lithosphere.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The general properties of the lithosphere
  • The type of rock that comprises the seafloor lithosphere
  • The term for the large pieces of the lithosphere

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information on the characteristics of the lithosphere from the related lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as the lithosphere and the types of materials the lithosphere is comprised of
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the lithosphere's properties

Additional Learning

With clear-cut explanations and helpful graphics, our lesson called The Lithosphere: Definition & Composition will boost your knowledge of this topic. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the lithosphere
  • Discuss the importance of the lithosphere
  • Describe the physical properties of the lithosphere
  • Discuss the relationship between plate tectonics and the lithosphere
  • Differentiate between the oceanic and continental lithosphere