01-Plate Tectonics

01-Plate Tectonics - Plate Tectonics Plate Tectonics Theory...

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Unformatted text preview: Plate Tectonics Plate Tectonics Theory The outer shell of the earth is composed of individual plates that interact to produce: Earthquakes, Mountains, Ocean basins, Volcanoes, Ocean Trenches, etc . Plate Tectonic Theory Plate Tectonics has done for Earth Science what: Big Bang Astronomy Evolution Biology Relativity Physics Periodic Table Chemistry Plate tectonics helps us understand: • Differences between East and West Coasts • Width of Continental Shelf • Distribution of Mountains versus Coastal Plains • Depositional versus Rocky Coasts • Proximity of Submarine Canyons • Earthquake activity, Volcanoes, Tranquility • Locations of Surfing Championships Physiographic Map Differences between East and West Coasts Width of the Continental Shelf Width of the Continental Shelf What does shelf width affect? Distribution of Mountains versus Coastal Plains Distribution of Mountains versus Coastal Plains Rocky versus Rocky versus D D epositional Coasts epositional Coasts California Coast Outer Banks of North Carolina Narrow Shelf Wide Shelf Proximity of Proximity of Submarine Submarine Canyons Canyons Earthquake activity...
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2011 for the course GEO 142 taught by Professor Fitzgereld during the Spring '11 term at BU.

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01-Plate Tectonics - Plate Tectonics Plate Tectonics Theory...

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