Island Arc: Definition & Formation - Quiz & Worksheet


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Where do most island arcs form?

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1. How do volcanoes form at subduction zones?

2. The top layer of the mantle together with the crust is called the:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Reading over this printable worksheet will help you learn more about island arcs, which are chains of islands that form due to volcanic activity. The interactive quiz will test you on things such as how and where these arcs form.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to determine if you know the following information related to island arcs:

  • Where most island arcs form
  • How volcanoes form along subduction zones
  • The name of each of the earth's layers
  • What makes the tectonic plates move
  • Another geologic feature that always occurs along with an island arc

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will help you practice these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on island arcs
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as tectonic plates and subduction zone
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding tectonic plate activity and volcanoes, and how they form island arcs

Additional Learning

To learn more about these chains of islands with volcanic origins, review the corresponding lesson titled Island Arc: Definition & Formation. This lesson does the following:

  • Defines what island arcs are
  • Discusses tectonic plate movement and the process of subduction
  • Teaches about convection cycles
  • Explores the formation of island arcs at subduction zones
  • Provides specific examples of island arcs