Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics - Plate Tectonics Earth's Plates and...

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Plate Tectonics: Earth's Plates and Continental Drift Motion is our Motto Geography Notes September 5 -10
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Some questions we will answer today: How is the earth always changing? What forces inside the earth create and change landforms on the surface? What is the theory of plate tectonics and how does it work? What two theories help make up the theory of plate tectonics? What is continental drift and sea floor spreading? What happens when the plates crash together, pull apart, and slide against each other?
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The Earth’s Layers The Earth is made of many different and distinct layers. The deeper layers are composed of heavier materials; they are hotter, denser and under much greater pressure than the outer layers. Natural forces interact with and affect the earth’s crust, creating the landforms, or natural features, found on the surface of the earth.
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Before we start to look at the forces that contribute to landforms,lets look at the different layers of the earth that play a vital role in the formation of our continents, mountains, volcanoes, etc.
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crust - the rigid, rocky outer surface of the Earth, composed mostly of basalt and granite. The crust is thinner under the oceans. mantle - a rocky layer located under the crust - it is composed of silicon, oxygen, magnesium, iron, aluminum, and calcium. Convection (heat) currents carry heat from the hot inner mantle to the cooler outer mantle. outer core - the molten iron-nickel layer that surrounds the inner core. inner core - the solid iron-nickel center of the Earth that is very hot and under great pressure. Crust Mantle Outer Core Inner Core
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DID YOU KNOW?
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Land and Water Photographs of the earth taken from space show clearly that it is a truly a ”watery planet.” More than 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water, mainly the salt water of oceans and seas.
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The large landmasses in the oceans are called continents. List the continents in your notes . Landforms are commonly classified according to differences in relief . The relief is the difference in elevation between the highest and lowest points. Another important characteristic is whether they rise gradually or steeply. The major types of landforms are mountains, hills, plateaus, and plains. Land
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Together, lets look at your Land and Water Features handout. Please join me in filling out the correct answers. Use a map pencil to color the different types of land and water features.
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Most people know that Earth is moving around the Sun and that it is constantly spinning. But did
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course BIOL 322 taught by Professor Hoage during the Fall '07 term at CSU Northridge.

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Plate Tectonics - Plate Tectonics Earth's Plates and...

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