California Geology: Geologic Map & History


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When tectonic plates are moving away from each other or spreading, what type of mountains are formed?

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1. As tectonic plates move, they may have vertical motion causing mountains and other geologic features to form on the landscape, this action is known as?

2. The granite formations known as El Capitan and Half Dome were formed by what geologic process?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments test what you know about the geological diversity of California. Questions address key points such as the type of mountains that form from the movement of tectonic plates away from one another and the term for the vertical motion of tectonic plates.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Get an idea of how much you understand these topics:

  • The granite formations of Half Dome and El Capitan
  • What Death Valley's geologic formations shows about it
  • Fault line found in California at the meeting of two tectonic plates

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the vertical movement of tectonic plates and the mountains that are formed from tectonic plate spreading
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the geologic formations of Death Valley and what they show about California's geologic history
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the El Capitan and Half Dome granite formations

Additional Learning

Learn more about the geology of California with the lesson named California Geology: Geologic Map & History. You'll be taught about the following topics:

  • Plate tectonics
  • Volcanic mountains in California
  • Fault lines of Lake Tahoe
  • Meeting of the Pacific and North American plates
  • Some of the largest earthquakes in California's history
  • Prediction of seismologists regarding the San Andreas fault