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Plate Tectonics 6.E.2.2 Explain how crustal plates and ocean basins are formed, move and interact using earthquakes, heat flow and volcanoes to

Looking at the world map, what do you notice about the shape of the continents? The world didnt always look like that! It used to look like this: Pangaea Supercontinent

How is this possible?!?!? Plate Tectonics Theory The lithosphere is divided into a number of large and small plates and the plates are floating on the mantle

Lithosphere = the Earths crust plus the upper portion of the mantle layer How Plates Move A Canadian scientist, J. Tuzo Wilson, claimed the lithosphere is broken into separate sections called plates. These plates fit

together along cracks in the lithosphere. Scientists realized that the continental drift idea could be explained by sea floor spreading. Wilson took what these scientists knew and combined it with his idea about Earths plates into a single theory. A scientific theory is a well-tested concept

that explains a wide range of observations. How Plates Move (Cont.) (Cont.) Sea floor spreading provides the driving

mechanism for movement However, it is not the continents that are moving, but the plates of lithosphere floating in effect on the asthenosphere The lithosphere is made up of about 20 plates which move relative to each other in several ways The theory of plate tectonics states that pieces

of Earths lithosphere are in slow, constant motion, driven by convection currents in the mantle. The theory of plate tectonics explains the formation, movement, and subduction of Earths plates. Evidence of Plate

Movement Major Tectonic Plates of the World Plates of lithosphere are moved around by the underlying hot mantle convection cells

Convection Convection is heat transfer by the movement of currents within a fluid. During convection, heated particles of fluid begin to flow. This flow

transfers heat from one part of the fluid to another. Heat from the core and the mantle itself causes convection currents in the mantle.

Examples of Convection Examples of Convection (Cont.) Convection Currents Many geologists think that plumes of

mantle rock rise slowly from the bottom of the mantle toward the top. The hot rock eventually cools and sinks back through the mantle. Over and over, the cycle of rising and sinking takes place. There are also convection currents in

the outer core. These convection currents cause Earths magnetic field. As the Earths plates move, they collide, pull apart, or grind past each other, producing spectacular changes in Earths

surface. These changes include volcanoes, mountain ranges, and deep-ocean trenches. Plate Boundaries Types of Plate Boundaries Divergent boundaries (also called

spreading centers) are the place where two plates move apart. Convergent boundaries form where two plates move together. Transform fault boundaries are margins where two plates grind past each other without the production or destruction of the

lithosphere. Types of Plate Boundaries Divergent boundaries: Oceanic Ridges and Seafloor Spreading

Oceanic ridges are continuous elevated zones on the floor of all major ocean basins. The rifts at the crest of ridges represent divergent plate boundaries. Rift valleys are deep faulted structures found along the axes of divergent plate boundaries. They can develop on the

seafloor or on land. Seafloor spreading produces new oceanic lithosphere. Spreading Center

Convergent Boundaries A subduction zone occurs when one oceanic plate is forced down into the mantle beneath a second plate. Oceanic-Continental Denser oceanic slab sinks into the asthenosphere.

Pockets of magma develop and rise. Continental volcanic arcs form in part by volcanic activity caused by the subduction of oceanic lithosphere beneath a continent. Examples include the Andes, Cascades, and the Sierra Nevadas.

Oceanic-Continental Convergent Boundary Convergent Boundaries (Cont.) Oceanic-Oceanic

Two oceanic slabs converge and one descends beneath the other. This kind of boundary often forms volcanoes on the ocean floor. Volcanic island arcs form as volcanoes emerge from the sea. Examples include the Aleutian, Mariana, and

Tonga islands. Oceanic-Oceanic Convergent Boundary Convergent Boundaries (Cont.)

Continental-Continental When subducting plates contain continental material, two continents collide. This kind of boundary can produce new mountain ranges, such as the

Himalayas. Continental-Continental Convergent Boundary Convergent boundaries

Oceanic-Continental Oceanic-Oceanic Continental-Continental

Plate tectonics: predicting the future Plate tectonics: predicting the future (Cont.)

Australia will straddle the equator E. Africa will form new continent Mediterranean will close off Atlantic Ocean will grow Pacific Ocean will shrink

Questions What theory states that the lithosphere is divided into large and small plates? A. Plate Tectonics Theory B. Plain Tectonics Theory

C. Plain Technicians Theory D. Plate Technicians Theory What type of plate boundary is formed when two plates move apart? A. Transform fault boundary

B. Convergent boundary C. Divergent boundary D. None of the above A _______________ Zone occurs when one oceanic plate is forced down into the mantle beneath a second plate.

A. Continental B. Convection C. Subtraction D. Subduction The End

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