The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface


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Which part of the Earth is the lithosphere?

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1. Which of the following events is LEAST likely to trigger a tsunami?

2. How are mantle plumes and hot spots related?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several natural forces that help to shape the surface of our Earth. These forces occur both inside the Earth and along its exterior. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of these forces, and their similarities and differences. Some vocabulary terms you'll be assessed on include lithosphere, mantle plumes and tsunamis.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Definitions of the internal and external forces shaping the Earth
  • How beaches are formed
  • What forces create tsunamis

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 related lesson on the internal and external forces shaping our planet
  • Making connections - check your understanding of how internal and external forces are connected
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as volcanoes and hot spots as well as weathering and deposition

Additional Learning

To learn more about the forces shaping the Earth's surface, review the accompanying titled The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about what causes earthquakes and the secondary forces earthquakes may unleash
  • Understand how scientists use earthquakes to model the Earth's interior
  • Know the differences between the three ways volcanoes are formed