Plate Tectonics Quiz
Formation of Earth and Plate Movement
First and Last Name
Before there was evidence from rocks and fossils, many scientists theorized that the continents were once joined together. Using only maps, these scientists observed that -
the shapes of the continents allowed them to fit together
weathering and erosion have reshaped the surface of the Earth
the continents were all bordered by mountain ranges
the ocean's have become smaller throughout Earth's history
Which of the following provides evidence for past tectonic plate motions?
Ancient life forms preserved as fossils can tell us what organisms existed and were they were. Matching the fossils can show that land masses were once connected.
all of the above
Matching rock type and rock formations can show the way the continents were once attached
Glacial evidence has been found in areas where glaciers could exist if the continents were in their current location.
The distribution of fossils is used as evidence for plate tectonics. The distribution of four different fossil organisms over three different continents is shown in the diagram. The distribution of which organisms can be used as evidence that Africa was once connected to South America?
Glossopteris, Cynognathus, and Mesosaurus
Lystrosaurus, Mesosaurus, and Glossopteris
Cynognathus, Mesosaurus, and Lystrosaurus
Cynognathus, Glossopteris, and Lystrosaurus
By studying the distribution of different types of fossils, geologists have determined that some plates have traveled great distances. Evidence to support this comes from the fact that –
fossils of organisms that lived in warm climates have been found in arctic environments
species of organisms in the fossil record have changed over geologic time
the oldest known fossils, found in the deepest rock layers, represent ocean organisms
some fossilized organisms have only been found on one continent
The theory of plate tectonics was, at first, rejected by most scientists. Now most geologists accept that tectonic plates exist and that these tectonic plates can and do move. What is responsible for the change in how scientists think about plate tectonics?
There are more people studying science now than in the past.
Scientists can now travel underneath the plates and observe their motion.
New evidence was discovered that made scientists revise their ideas.
Tectonic plates have begun to move faster and faster over time.
The inner core is solid because
it is less dense than the other layers
it is made of diamonds
the pressure and temperature are so high
Harry Potter put a spell on it
Which layer generates the Earth's magnetic field?
Broken pieces of the lithosphere that move on the asthenosphere
Earth's layers transition from one layer to the next due to different
Which of Earth's layers is made mostly of iron?
Pompeii was related to our study of plate tectonics because Mt. Vesuvius is located
on an ocean-ocean convergent boundary
on a transform boundary
on a ocean-continent convergent boundary
on a divergent boundary
In Lincoln City we are next to a ______________ convergent subduction zone.
ocean to ocean
ocean to continent
continent to continent
The most visible feature of the Juan de Fuca subduction zone is
volcanic mountain ranges
strike slip faults
underwater mountain ridges
New land (new seafloor and Iceland) is created under the ocean at divergent boundaries when
two plates collide and the less dense goes under the more dense
magma rises, comes through the sea floor, and pushes two plates apart
two plates collide and mountains are pushed up
Oceanic and continental plates move because _____________ currents are moving under them.
The image below is an example of which type of boundary?
Page 1 of 1
Never submit passwords through Google Forms.
This form was created inside of Lincoln County School District.
Terms of Service