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Grade 10 Tectonics
What causes tectonic plates to move?
  1. radiation from within the crust
  2. magnetic forces from the inner core
  3. convection currents in the mantle
  4. slow continental drift
Grade 10 Tectonics
What is the ‘driving force’ behind plate tectonics that causes it to happen?
  1. gravity
  2. plates floating on the ocean
  3. convection currents
  4. earthquakes
Grade 10 Tectonics
The fact that widely separated continents have similar fossils, similar mineral deposits, and similar rock formations tells scientists that these continents
  1. Probably ‘formed’ at the same time in the same hemisphere
  2. Probably were connected in the past
  3. Probably never connected in the past
  4. Will have the same four seasons at the same time
Grade 10 Tectonics
Places where tectonic plates move apart are called
  1. convergent boundaries
  2. transform boundaries
  3. subduction zones
  4. divergent boundaries
Grade 10 Tectonics
The theory of continental drift says that
  1. all the continents were once one continent that broke up and drifted apart over hundreds of millions of years
  2. the continents have always been separate but may one day drift together to form a single continent
Grade 10 Tectonics
As the distance from a quake's epicenter increases
  1. intensity increases
  2. intensity decreases
  3. wave speed increases
  4. the focus decreases
Grade 10 Tectonics
Grade 10 Tectonics
Grade 10 Tectonics
This theory states that Earth's crust and rigid upper mantle are broken into enormous slabs which move in different directions.
  1. tectonic plate theory
  2. seafloor spreading theory
  3. the theory of Pangaea
  4. the floating earth theory
Grade 10 Tectonics
Tectonic plates interact at places called plate
  1. reversals
  2. boundaries
  3. regions
  4. centers
Grade 10 Tectonics
Grade 10 Tectonics
To determine the epicentral distance, scientists consider the arrival times of which wave types?
  1. surface waves and S-waves
  2. surface waves and P-waves
  3. P-waves and S-waves
  4. none of the above
Grade 10 Tectonics
What type of features forms along a continental convergent boundary?
  1. an ocean ridge
  2. island arcs
  3. trenches
  4. mountains
Grade 10 Tectonics
Grade 10 Tectonics
Which feature is associated with a continental-continental plate boundary?
  1. a subduction zone
  2. a mountain range
  3. a deep-sea trench
  4. a volcano
Grade 10 Tectonics
What part of the Earth doesn't transmit S-waves from a quake?
  1. epicenter
  2. focus
  3. mantle
  4. liquid part of core
Grade 10 Tectonics
At what tectonic plate boundary do plates slide horizontally past each other?
  1. divergent boundary
  2. transform boundary
  3. continental-continental boundary
  4. oceanic-oceanic boundary
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