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# Tectonic Plates

Earth and Space

Tectonic Plates
Background Information
1.  What events occur when the tectonic plates move and grind against each other?
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2.  Name a location where divergent boundaries occur.
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3.  Name a location where convergent boundaries occur.
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4.  Name a location where transform boundaries occur.
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5.  What is the “Ring of Fire?”
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6.  Which layer of Earth is semi-plastic, flows, and carries the lithosphere of Earth?
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Draw in the asthenosphere and label it. What do you feel as the sides of the crackers slide past each other? ____________________________ 3.  Did your plates converge. CROSS-SECTION DIAGRAM OF MODEL Figure ONE: Draw in arrows to show direction of cracker movement in steps 5 and 6.Tectonic Plates Earth and Space Part I: Modeling Plate Movement Label the cross-section diagram of your model below using the words lithosphere and asthenosphere. or transform? __________________________ 2. 1. The large cracker piece on the bottom does not need to be labeled.  What event might occur when plates move in this manner? ____________________________ 2 . Label the lithospheric plates. diverge.

or transform? ___________________ 2.  Is crust created or destroyed when plates move in this manner? _____________________________ 1. 1. Add arrows to show the direction of movement.  What landform is created on the surface of Earth when plates move in this manner? ____________________________ 1. diverge. the lithospheric plate containing oceanic crust. Figure FOUR: Draw a cross-section of your model as it looks in step 11 and 12.  When earth material leaks through crust.  What leaked out when one cracker overlapped the other on your model? ______________________ 3.  What do you see between the crackers (what is exposed?) on your model? ______________________ 3. or transform? ____________________________ 2.  Did your plates converge. Label the lithosphere and the asthenosphere. Figure THREE: Draw a cross-section of your model as it looks in step 9 and 10. Label the lithosphere and the asthenosphere. what kind of landform is created as plates move in this manner? ___________________________ 3 . Add arrows to show the direction of movement. and the lithospheric plate containing continental crust.  Did your plates converge. continued Figure TWO: Draw a cross-section of your model as it looks in steps 7 and 8. diverge. or transform? ___________________ 2.  Did your plates converge.Tectonic Plates Earth and Space Part I: Modeling Plate Movement. Label the subduction zone. diverge. Add arrows to show movement direction.

Label the plates as listed in your Student Guide. it is actually one plate. The Major Tectonic Plates Antarctic Plate 4 . be sure to use the same color on each piece of the plate. the Antarctic plate has been labeled for you. Where a single plate starts on one side of the page and continues on the other side of the page.Tectonic Plates Earth and Space Part II: Mapping Tectonic Plates 1.  Major plate boundaries are shown on the map by dashed lines.  2. Use eight different colors of map pencils to shade the plates.  3. Even though the plate is split into two parts on the page.

Tectonic Plates Earth and Space Part III: Ancient Earth Paste or tape the maps of Earth as it changed through ancient history in the spaces below. Then draw in your prediction of what the landmasses will look like 200 million years from today in the last box. 5 . PERMIAN 225 million years ago (the supercontinent) TRIASSIC 200 million years ago JURASSIC 150 million years ago CRETACEOUS 65 million years ago PRESENT DAY Draw in your prediction of what you think the landmasses will look like 200 million years from today.

What are the major tectonic plates? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ 2.  If crust is constantly created at divergent boundaries.  What major event could occur as the result of transforming plates? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ 6. Why did so many volcanoes form in these areas? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ 6 . and the eastern border of Japan is often called the Ring of Fire. and North America. why isn’t Earth getting larger? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ 7.Tectonic Plates Earth and Space Reflections and Conclusions 1.  An area with many volcanoes that includes the western borders of South. the southern border of Alaska.  What landforms could be the result of converging plates? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ 5.  What are the different ways tectonic plates move in relation to each other? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ 3. Central.  What landforms could be the result of diverging plates? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ 4.