Slab Pull: Definition & Theory


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What is the term for the force exerted by a tectonic plate descending into the mantle?

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1. Slab pull forces occur at which type of plate boundary?

2. Why do researchers think that slab pull is a major driving force of plate motion?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The slab pull force is a pulling force exerted by a cold, dense oceanic plate plunging into the mantle due to its own weight, and this quiz and worksheet combination will help you test your understanding of this force. The practice questions on the quiz will test you on the definition of slab pull force, where these forces occur, how subduction drives plate motion, and the results of slab pull force.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Slab pull force
  • The type of plate boundary where slab pull occurs
  • How researchers regard slab pull force in tectonic plate theory
  • The natural phenomena that result from slab pull force

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information on slab pull force from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of plate tectonics
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding plate boundaries

Additional Learning

To learn more about slab pull force, review the accompanying lesson Slab Pull: Definition & Theory. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss plate tectonics and convection cells
  • Explore slab pull force
  • Learn about subduction
  • Describe the boundary where slab pull forces occur
  • Examine the natural phenomena that result from slab pull forces