Week 3 readings - 1 Week 3: Plate Tectonics Introduction:...

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1 Week 3: Plate Tectonics Introduction: Q. What does one plate say to the other plate after an earthquake? A. It's not my fault! Do you ever wonder what causes earthquakes and volcanoes and why they occur in some areas, but not others? Are other geological phenomena such as mountains created from the same process? As you have previously learned in this course, the Earth is made of several different parts. These parts are in constant motion and are responsible for the creation of mountains, earthquakes, and volcanoes. In this week, you will explore the movement of the Earth's crust, a geologic phenomenon called plate tectonics. As you progress through this journey, you will gain insight into how mountains, earthquakes, and volcanoes are formed and why they occur in certain areas. Learning Outcomes: By the end of this week, you should be able to: Relate the presence or absence of mountains in an area to plate tectonics and climate Assess the potential risk for earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis in an area
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