How Plate Movement Affects Earthquakes, Tsunamis & Volcanic Eruptions


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Which of the following is NOT true?

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1. The Ring of Fire refers to

2. Subduction is

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Natural phenomena are affected by the movements of the tectonic plates that make up the Earth's crust in myriad ways. This quiz and worksheet will help you better understand the interactions of the plates and how these interactions affect natural phenomena. The quiz questions will test you on the formation of natural phenomena, the characteristics of the Earth's crust that bring about these phenomena, and some information related to the geography.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Your understanding of the composition and form of the Earth's outermost layers
  • The characteristics of the Ring of Fire and why it is a good place to study natural phenomena
  • Processes that take place in the Earth's crust that bring about natural phenomena
  • The characteristics of these phenomena that are brought about by processes taking place in the Earth's crust

Skills Practiced

These practice assets will help you test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information on the creation of natural phenomena due to the movements of tectonic plates on the Earth's crust
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts, such as plate movement, to examine information about natural phenomena in a new light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you know the definitions of certain main ideas and terms, such as tectonic plate movement, the Ring of Fire, and the process of subduction
  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you've acquired on the movement of tectonic plates to answer questions about the causes and characteristics of natural phenomena

Additional Learning

To learn more about plate movement and how this occurrence relates to observable, natural phenomena, review the accompanying lesson How Plate Movement Affects Earthquakes, Tsunamis & Volcanic Eruptions. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define tectonic plates and their movements
  • Describe the processes by which tectonic plate movements create natural phenomena
  • Describe the Ring of Fire as a place where many tectonic plates rub against one another and the effect that occurrences here have around the world
  • Understand how certain natural phenomena relate to the processes taking place in the Earth's crust
  • Differentiate between the creation of various types of natural phenomena like earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis