45 Multiple choice questions
satellite system people can use to measure rates of movement of the
Earth's crust relative to one another, or simply to locate their
position on the Earth's surface.
- The history of magnetic reversals through geologic time.
- A boundary at which two lithosphere plates move apart from each other; they are marked by mid-ocean ridges.
- A linear belt along which continental lithosphere stretches and pulls apart.
- The idea that continents have moved and are still moving slowly across the Earth's surface.
force that drives plates away from a mid-ocean ridge; it is caused by
the fact that the ridge is elevated relative to the regions of oceanic
plate away from the ridge.
- A 2-km-high submarine mountain belt that forms along a divergent oceanic plate boundary.
- A location at the base of the lithosphere, at the top of a mantle plume, where temperatures can cause melting.
cloud of suspended minerals formed where hot water spews out of a vent
along a mid-ocean ridge; the dissolved sulfide components of the hot
water instantly precipitate when the water mixes with seawater and
- A curving chain of active volcanoes formed adjacent to a convergent plate boundary.
difference between the expected strength of the Earth's magnetic field
at a certain location and the actual measured strength of the field at
- The supposed position of the Earth's magnetic pole in the past, with respect to a particular continent.
- A magnetic entity that has a north and south end.
process by which continental lithosphere stretches and breaks apart;
rifting produces normal faults and, commonly, volcanism.
- The process by which one oceanic plate bends and sinks down into the asthenosphere beneath another plate.
- A broad, relatively fl at region of the ocean that lies at least 4.5 km below sea level.
- A supercontinent that assembled at the end of the Paleozoic Era.
- The angle between a magnetic needle free to pivot on a horizontal axis and a horizontal plane parallel to the Earth's surface.
- The movement of a plate relative to a fixed point in the mantle.
- The movement of one lithosphere plate with respect to another.
sloping band of seismicity defined by intermediate- and deep-focus
earthquakes that occur in the downgoing slab of a convergent plate
unusually strong or unusually weak magnetic field, as measured over the
sea floor; in map view, they look like stripes that are parallel to the
- A column of very hot rock rising up through the mantle.
- A point where three lithosphere plate boundaries intersect.
layer of the mantle that lies between 100-150 km and 350 km deep; the
asthenosphere is relatively soft and can flow when acted on by force.
- A chain of now-dead volcanoes transported off the hot spot by the movement of a lithosphere plate.
thick accumulation of sediment along a tectonically inactive coast,
formed over crust that stretched and thinned when the margin first
- The process of two buoyant pieces of lithosphere converging and squashing together.
- A deep elongate trough bordering a volcanic arc; a trench defines the trace of a convergent plate boundary.
boundary at which two plates move toward each other so that one plate
sinks (subducts) beneath the other; only oceanic lithosphere can
- The angle between the direction a compass needle points at a given location and the direction of true north.
path on the globe along which a magnetic pole appears to have wandered
over time; in fact, the continents drift, while the magnetic pole stays
portion of the outer, relatively rigid layer of the Earth; most seismic
activity happens at the boundaries of plates, while the interior of a
plate is relatively stable.
- The north or south ends of a magnet; field lines point straight down at the pole.
- One of about twenty distinct pieces of the relatively rigid lithosphere.
- A continental margin that coincides with a plate boundary.
- An isolated submarine mountain.
- The force that downgoing plates (or slabs) apply to oceanic lithosphere at a convergent margin.
- A boundary at which one lithosphere plate slips laterally past another.
change of the Earth's magnetic polarity; when a reversal occurs, the
field flips from normal to reversed polarity, or vice versa.
- The border between two adjacent lithosphere plates.
relatively rigid, nonflowable, outer 100- to 150-km-thick layer of the
Earth; constituting the crust and the top part of the mantle.
- The gradual widening of an ocean basin as new oceanic crust forms at a mid-ocean ridge axis and then moves away from the axis.
narrow band of vertical fractures in the ocean floor; fracture zones
lie roughly at right angles to a mid-ocean ridge, and the actively
slipping part of a fracture zone is a transform fault.
- The record of ancient magnetism preserved in rock.