Upper Mantle: Definition, Facts, Temperature & Composition


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Which is a layer of the upper mantle?

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1. How thick is the upper mantle?

2. Which element is more abundant in the upper mantle than the crust?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your knowledge of the composition of the upper mantle in the Earth's interior. You will be asked to identify the layers, the depth, and the elements and minerals that are present.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • The name of the upper layer of the mantle
  • What powers the movement of tectonic plates
  • The depth of the mantle
  • Elements present in the mantle
  • What happens to seismic waves as they pass through the upper mantle

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you understand the vocabulary terms used in the lesson
  • Making connections - connect how the density of the upper mantle affects the speed of seismic waves
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as asthenosphere, lithosphere, and crust
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the thickness of the upper mantle

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Earth's mantle, review the accompanying lesson named Upper Mantle: Definition, Facts, Temperature & Composition. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain the composition of the upper mantle
  • Explain what seismic waves reveal about the Earth's interior
  • Define convection currents
  • Define lithosphere
  • Identify the elements that are abundant in the mantle