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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
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
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
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 were never connected in the past.
  4. will have the same four seasons at the same time.
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
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
Grade 10 Tectonics
What is the order in which seismic waves are recorded by a seismometer?
  1. S-wave, P-wave, surface wave
  2. surface wave, P-wave, S-wave
  3. P-wave, S-wave, surface wave
  4. S-wave, surface wave, P-wave
Grade 10 Tectonics
What scale measures the magnitude of the largest wave during an earthquake?
  1. The Richter scale
  2. The moment magnitude scale
  3. Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale
  4. The amplitude scale
Grade 10 Tectonics
What current theory explains why the tectonic plates move?
  1. Mantle Convection
  2. Mantle Radiation
  3. Mantle Conduction
  4. Mantle Subduction
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
Earthquake intensity depends primarily on the height of
  1. P-waves.
  2. S-waves.
  3. surface waves.
  4. fault lines.
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