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Ch 23: CEOE Earth Science: Plate Tectonics

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Complete the lessons in this chapter to prepare for various questions you could see on the CEOE Earth Science exam about Earth's tectonic plates. These lessons are delivered in an engaging video format.

CEOE Earth Science: Plate Tectonics - Chapter Summary

These lessons have been assembled to help you improve your understanding of the Earth's tectonic plates, their movement and the effects of their movement. In these short, engaging lessons our professional instructors will help you prepare for CEOE Earth Science exam questions about these topics by explaining:

  • The major plates of the lithosphere
  • Causal forces behind tectonic plate movement
  • Convergent, divergent and transform plate boundaries
  • Evidence that supports plate tectonic theory
  • Polar reversal and the spreading of the sea floor
  • Earthquakes and volcanoes
  • Causes and types of geological faults and folds
  • Landscape development and the theory of dynamic equilibrium

After watching these video lessons, try reading the lesson transcripts to improve your retention of the information presented in these lessons. Then take the lesson quizzes to discover topics you don't understand, and access the video tags to return to and study the parts of the lessons that explained any topics you missed.

CEOE Earth Science: Plate Tectonics Chapter Objectives

The CEOE Earth Science exam is a computer-based subject area test used to determine if future science teachers possess an adequate knowledge of the Earth sciences to teach related classes. This four-hour certification exam is composed of 80 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response assignment. Of these questions you can expect about 16% of them to belong to the geological systems subarea, including some about plate tectonics. The constructed-response assignment does not involve plate tectonics.

13 Lessons in Chapter 23: CEOE Earth Science: Plate Tectonics
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Major Plates of the Lithosphere: Earth's Tectonic Plates

1. Major Plates of the Lithosphere: Earth's Tectonic Plates

The outer shell of the earth, the lithosphere, is broken up into tectonic plates. The seven major plates are the African plate, Antarctic plate, Eurasian plate, Indo-Australian plate, North American plate, Pacific plate and South American plate.

Causes of Tectonic Plate Movement

2. Causes of Tectonic Plate Movement

In this lesson, we explore the causes of plate movement, including thermal convection, ridge push and slab pull. Students will learn how these processes complement each other and form a theory for tectonic plate movement.

Plate Boundaries: Convergent, Divergent, and Transform Boundaries

3. Plate Boundaries: Convergent, Divergent, and Transform Boundaries

In the theory of plate tectonics, the earth's crust is broken into plates that move around relative to each other. As a result of this movement, three types of plate boundaries are formed: divergent, convergent, and transform boundaries.

Ocean Drilling as Evidence for Plate Tectonics

4. Ocean Drilling as Evidence for Plate Tectonics

The Deep Sea Drilling Project extracted samples of the ocean floor that provided evidence to support the hypothesis of seafloor spreading and the theory of plate tectonics. Learn how these samples provided proof.

Paleomagnetism and Hot Spots: Evidence for Plate Tectonics

5. Paleomagnetism and Hot Spots: Evidence for Plate Tectonics

Paleomagnetism is the study of past magnetic fields. Hot spots are fixed pockets of heat that well up to form volcanic features. Learn how paleomagnetism and the study of hot spots provide evidence that supports the theory of plate tectonics.

Sea Floor Spreading and Polar Reversal

6. Sea Floor Spreading and Polar Reversal

Sea floor spreading is the process by which new oceanic crust is formed by the upwelling of magma through diverging tectonic plates. Learn about the relationship between sea floor spreading and polar reversals detected on the ocean floor.

What is an Earthquake? - Definition and Components

7. What is an Earthquake? - Definition and Components

Earthquakes are well known for the damage and destruction they leave behind. But what is an earthquake? In this video lesson you will learn about what causes earthquakes and the various components involved in these powerful natural disasters.

Geological Faults: Definition, Causes & Types

8. Geological Faults: Definition, Causes & Types

In this video lesson, you will identify different faults and the types of stress that cause them. You will also see examples of the effects these faults have on the landscape.

Geological Folds: Definition, Causes & Types

9. Geological Folds: Definition, Causes & Types

Under the right conditions and over millions of years, rock can be deformed so that it is folded into a different shape. In this video lesson, you will identify different types of folds as well as what causes them to occur in rock.

The Processes of Mountain Building

10. The Processes of Mountain Building

In this video lesson, you will learn about the process of mountain building. You will identify different ways that mountains form, as well as the different types of mountains that result from this process.

What is a Volcano? - Definition & Eruptions

11. What is a Volcano? - Definition & Eruptions

Volcanoes are vents that allow lava, rock fragments and gases to escape from layers beneath the earth's surface. Learn how volcanoes form both on land and underwater and why they erupt.

Types of Volcanoes: Shield, Cinder Cones & Composite Cones

12. Types of Volcanoes: Shield, Cinder Cones & Composite Cones

The earth ejects lava, rock fragments, hot vapor and gases during volcanic eruptions. Volcanoes vary based on size, shape, composition and eruptive style. Learn about the different types of volcanoes, such as shield, cinder cone and composite cone.

Volcanic Landforms: Types & Formation

13. Volcanic Landforms: Types & Formation

Volcanic eruptions pull materials up from deep within the earth to form various volcanic landforms, such as lava domes, lava plateaus, fissure eruptions, craters and calderas. Learn about these volcanic landforms and how they are created.

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