Ch 62: NMTA Social Science: Plate Tectonics

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Use these lessons to refresh your knowledge about the theory of plate tectonics and the Earth's structural changes. Our videos and quizzes can help you prepare for questions on these topics when you take the NMTA Social Science exam.

NMTA Social Science: Plate Tectonics - Chapter Summary

Get a solid background on plate tectonics, including the theory of continental drift and changes in the Earth's poles as you study for the NMTA Social Science exam. These videos contain information that will help you correctly answer these types of exam questions:

  • Describing Pangaea
  • Analyzing the theory of plate tectonics
  • Explaining Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift
  • Looking at evidence to support the continental drift mechanism
  • Examining sea floor spreading and polar reversal

These brief lessons review each topic so you will be ready for the questions that might show up on test day. Our instructors are experts in the field, and the lessons and quizzes they've designed are informative, but also enjoyable.

Objectives of the NMTA Social Science: Plate Tectonics Chapter

Everyone seeking certification to teach social science in New Mexico must pass the NMTA Social Science exam. It consists entirely of multiple-choice questions and is administered by computer. Questions from the chapter on plate tectonics are in the exam's section on geography and culture, which accounts for 19% of the test's score.

The exam items make a query and ask you to choose from four possible answers. Our quizzes, found at the end of every lesson, are structured in the same way and allow you to practice answering questions in this format. You also will be able to assess your understanding of the information and see where you need further review.

5 Lessons in Chapter 62: NMTA Social Science: Plate Tectonics
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What is Pangaea? - Theory & Definition

1. What is Pangaea? - Theory & Definition

The continents you know have existed for a long time, but not in their current locations. In fact, over 200 million years ago Pangaea broke apart by plate tectonic movement to form the continents we see today.

Plate Tectonics: A Unified Theory for Change of the Earth's Surface

2. Plate Tectonics: A Unified Theory for Change of the Earth's Surface

After many years of trying to solve the mystery of the moving continents, enough data and evidence was collected to develop a unifying theory of how the surface of the earth changes. It's called plate tectonics.

Alfred Wegener's Theory of Continental Drift

3. Alfred Wegener's Theory of Continental Drift

People used to think that Earth was static, and that it never changed. Gradually, a body of evidence was gathered that made no sense in this model. Alfred Wegener, Geologic Supersleuth, laid the groundwork for a whole new theory for the large-scale changing nature of the earth.

Evidence for the Mechanism of Continental Drift

4. Evidence for the Mechanism of Continental Drift

As scientists began to explore the ocean floor after World War II, they discovered many new clues to help them solve a mystery that had begun decades earlier - how the continents moved about on the surface of the earth.

Sea Floor Spreading and Polar Reversal

5. 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.

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