Unformatted text preview: temperature is close to where melting begins. In reality, the lithosphere is floating on the asthenosphere, which in relation is like “glass floating on water” To better understand the relationship between the lithosphere and the athenpsphere, we can see how plates move through boiling water. When water is boiling there are bubbles or big circles that churn that are called convection cells. What makes the water boil or rise is the water at the bottom of the pot which is hotter and denser than the water that is cooler at top. Once the hot water rises to the top, the cooler water is circulated to the bottom. The same thing occurs with the heat source from within the Earth on the ocean floor. The hot rocks rise as the cold rocks sink, which is a reason for the land masses shifting....
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- Fall '10
- Plate Tectonics, plate tectonic theory