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The process where one plate is forced down under another plate is known as:
a) subduction
b) convection
c) erosion
d) transformation

At transfrom boundaries, tectonic plates ______________.
a) move apart
b) slide past each other
c) colide
d) do not move

As tectonic plates move away from one another, magma rises to fill the gap. At a mid-ocean ridge, the place where tectonic plates move apart is called a...
a) convergent boundary
b) divergent boundary
c) transform boundary
d) subduction

After new evidence was uncovered, the theory of plate tectonic replaced the earlier theory of:
a) the big bang
b) continental drift
c) evolution
d) relativity

On average, about how fast are the tectonic plates moving?
a) 1000 meters per year
b) 10 meters per year
c) 5 meters per year
d) 5 meters per day

What is the relationship between the theory of plate tectonics and the theroy of continental drift?
a) The theory of plate tectonics came before the theory of continental drift.
b) Both theories were developed at the same time.
c) The theory of plate tectonics has grown less popular over the years than the theory of continental
d) The theory of continental drift came before the theory of plate tectonics.

The theory that the contenents move over the Earth's surface is the theory of:
a) the big bang.
b) continental drift
c) evolution
d) relativity.

What evidence supports the theory of plate tectonics?
a) Landmasses have been moving around for millions of years.
b) Rocks of all ages can be found on both sides of oceans.
c) Fossils and rocks on opposite sides of the oceans match each other.
d) Deep sea trenches are differnt in the Atlantic Ocean than they are in the Pacific Ocean.

Where do most earthquakes and volcanoes occur?
a) in the centers of continents.
b) along the edges of tectonic plates.
c) along the equator.
d) in the polar regions

The movement of tectonic plates is caused by:
a) Convection currents in the mantle.
b) heat in the inner core
c) radiation from the sun
d) strong global winds.

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