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Grade 5 Tectonics
In the Southwestern U.S., tectonic forces have pushed rocks upward over millions of years to form the Colorado Plateau. As the plateau has risen during this time, the Colorado River has been cutting down through the plateau to form the Grand Canyon.

Development of the Grand Canyon through the uplift of the plateau and erosion by the Colorado River illustrates that
  1. landforms result from constructive forces only.
  2. landforms result from a combination of constructive and destructive forces.
  3. landforms result from neither constructive and destructive forces.
  4. landforms result from destructive forces only.
Grade 5 Tectonics
At a convergent plate boundary, plates collide into one another.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 5 Tectonics
Tsunami's are usually caused by               Earthquakes              .
Grade 5 Tectonics
What landforms are formed at a subduction zone?
Subduction Zone
  1. faults
  2. volcanoes only
  3. mountains only
  4. mountains and volcanoes
Grade 5 Tectonics
Earthquakes TYPICALLY occur at transform plate boundaries.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 5 Tectonics
The continents on Earth used to be combined together in a supercontinent called Pangaea.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 5 Tectonics
At a transform plate boundary, plates slide/rub/drag past one another.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 5 Tectonics
Volcanoes form mainly at what type of plate boundary?
  1. divergent boundaries
  2. transform boundaries
  3. strike-slip boundaries
  4. convergent boundaries
Grade 5 Tectonics
What do you call the sudden movement of Earth's crust?
  1. earthquake
  2. tsunami
  3. volcano
  4. fault
Grade 5 Tectonics
Using the Richter scale, which of these earthquakes would likely cause the most damage?
  1. 1-2
  2. 3-4
  3. 5-6
  4. 7-8
Grade 5 Tectonics
What causes earthquakes?
  1. Earth's plates bump into each other.
  2. Magma breaks through the Earth's crust.
  3. Violent shaking occurs in the ground.
  4. Rocks fall to the ground.
Grade 5 Tectonics
The section of earth's crust and mantle that fits together like a puzzle is the plate.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 5 Tectonics
Which of these most likely results from plate movement?
  1. global winds
  2. sandy beaches
  3. ocean currents
  4. mountain ranges
Grade 5 Tectonics
Earthquakes are caused by
  1. the moving pieces of Earth's crust.
  2. too much weight on the Earth's surface.
  3. the rising of ocean water levels.
  4. unequal heating of the atmosphere.
Grade 5 Tectonics
The theory of plate movement and how the continents moved apart over time is called                      .
  1. plate tectonics
  2. geology
  3. continental tectonics
  4. biology
Grade 5 Tectonics
The edge of one plate sinking beneath the edge of another plate is a process called                .
  1. tectonics
  2. subduction
  3. faults
  4. eruption
Grade 5 Tectonics
A shaking of earth's surface, caused by movement of rock in the crust is a
  1. volcano
  2. earthquake
  3. sinkhole
  4. jetty
Grade 5 Tectonics
Sometimes tectonic forces cause cracks to form in rock. If pieces of the rock move along these cracks, the cracks are called faults.

Scientists use the term faulting to refer to the formation of faults. Depending on the situation, faulting can act as a constructive or a destructive force. Which of the following best shows how faulting can act as a constructive force?
  1. Rock moves sideways along a fault with no change in elevation.
  2. Rock moves upward along faults to form a mountain range.
  3. Faulting produces an earthquake that causes a local bridge to collapse.
  4. Rocks are worn down as they grind past each other along a fault.
Grade 5 Tectonics
When plates collide into each other, this event causes                 to form.
  1. earthquakes
  2. mountains
  3. continents
  4. hurricanes
Grade 5 Tectonics
When plates slide past each other, this may cause an                 to occur.
  1. tornado
  2. mountain
  3. volcano
  4. earthquake
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