Paleomagnetism and Hot Spots: Evidence for Plate Tectonics


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Why would Alfred Wegener have been happy to learn that there was evidence to support the theory of plate tectonics?

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1. If you had a career as a paleomagnetist, what would you study?

2. Which of these is a FALSE statement about hot spots?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of paleomagnetism and hot spots showing evidence for plate tectonics. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding why Alfred Wegener would have been happy to learn evidence existed to support the theory of plate tectonics as well as what paleomagnetists study.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • What a paleomagnetist studies
  • Hot spot characteristics
  • What happens to strips of the ocean floor from oceanic ridges
  • What oceanic ridges actually are

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the evidence for plate tectonics
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related evidence for plate tectonics lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding plate tectonic evidence and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the evidence supporting the theory of how the earth's crust moves, review the corresponding lesson Paleomagnetism and Hot Spots as Evidence for Plate Tectonics. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand the theory of plate tectonics
  • Know the two supporting areas for plate tectonic theory
  • Appreciate what paleomagnetism involves and what it found
  • Understand how hot spots lend credibility for plate tectonic theory