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1 Chapter 17 – Plate Tectonics (aka Putting the Pieces Together!)

2 Chapter Drifting Continents Describe one piece of early evidence to suggest that Earth’s continents may have once been joined. Discuss the evidence of continental drift. Explain why continental drift was not accepted when it was first proposed.

3 Early Mapmakers Many early mapmakers thought Earth’s continents had moved based on matching coastlines. Some early mapmakers thought that the coastline of South America matched the coastline of Africa.

4 Alfred Wegener A meteorologist, by trade.

5 Wegener’s Evidence The existence of coal beds in Antarctica indicates that the continent once had a temperate, rainy climate.

6 Wegener’s Evidence Glossopteris is a fossil fern that helped support Wegener’s hypothesis of continental drift.

7 Alfred Wegener "Doesn't the east coast of South America fit exactly against the west coast of Africa, as if they had once been joined?“ - "This is an idea I'll have to pursue." Earth’s continents were once joined as a single landmass called Pangaea.

8 Pangea The Argyle Sweater 3/11/11

9 Science’s Reaction "Utter, damned rot!" said the president of the prestigious American Philosophical Society. "If we are to believe [this] hypothesis, we must forget everything we have learned in the last 70 years and start all over again," said another American scientist. Anyone who "valued his reputation for scientific sanity" would never dare support such a theory, said a British geologist. Scientists at the time rejected Wegener’s hypothesis of continental drift because he could not explain how or why Earth’s continents move.

10 17.1 Quiz

11 Chapter Seafloor Spreading Explain the significance of magnetic patterns on the seafloor. Explain the process of seafloor spreading. Summarize the evidence that led to the discovery of seafloor spreading.

12 Mapping the Seafloor Mid-Atlantic Ridge

13 Isochrons A map line connecting points that have the same age is an isochron.

14 Isochrons (continued) Compared to ocean crust near deep-sea trenches, crusts near ocean ridges are younger.

15 Paleomagnetism The study of Earth’s magnetic record is known as paleomagnetism.

16 Paleomagnetism (continued) The magnetic pattern of ocean-floor rocks on one side of an ocean ridge is a mirror image of that of the other side.

17 Seafloor Spreading As new seafloor moves away from an ocean ridge, the seafloor cools and becomes more dense than the material beneath it.

18 The seafloor contracts and sinks. Hot magma which is less dense than surrounding material, is forced toward the crust. Crust spreads along an ocean ridge and magma fills the gap that is created. New ocean floor forms as the magma hardens. New seafloor moves away from the ridge, cools, and becomes more dense than the material beneath it. 2) 3) 4) 5) 1)

19 17.2 Quiz

20 Chapter Theory of Plate Tectonics Explain the theory of plate tectonics. Compare and contrast the three types of plate boundaries and the features associated with each.

21 Evidence - Volcanism

22 Evidence - Earthquakes

23 The Theory The theory of plate tectonics states that Earth’s crust and rigid upper mantle are broken into enormous slabs called plates that move slowly over Earth’s surface.

24 The Theory (Continued) According to the theory of plate tectonics, plates interact at plate boundaries by coming toward each other, moving away from each other, or moving horizontally past each other.

25 World Tectonic Map to Label

26 Earth’s Tectonic Plates


28 Chapter Illustrations

29 Chapter Quiz

30 Plate Motions Through Time

31 Breakup of Pangaea

32 Motion at Plate Boundaries

33 Current Movement & What it will look like?

34 Chapter Causes of Plate Motion Explain the process of convection. Summarize how convection in the mantle is related to the movements of tectonic plates. Compare and contrast the processes of ridge push and slab pull.

35 Convection The transfer of thermal energy by the movement of heated matter is convection. Convection currents transfer thermal energy from warmer regions to cooler regions.

36 Convection Currents The driving forces of tectonic plates are related to convection currents in Earth’s mantle.


38 Review Oceanic crust is composed mainly of basalt, and continental crust is composed mainly of granite.

39 Slab Pull The downward part of a convection current causes a sinking force that pulls tectonic plates toward one another. The weight of a subducting plate helps to pull the lithosphere into a subduction zone in a process called slab pull.

40 Ridge Push The rising part of a convection current causes both upward and lateral forces that lift and split the lithosphere at a divergent boundary.

41 Convection and Tectonics

42 Forming a Divergent Boundary

43 Divergent Places where plates move apart are divergent boundaries. A long, narrow, fault- bounded, continental depression is a rift valley. BACK

44 Convergent Margins: India-Asia Collision

45 Convergent BACK Plates come together at convergent boundaries. If two oceanic plates converge, a subduction zone forms. Subduction occurs when one tectonic plate descends beneath another.

46 Transform Faults

47 Transform BACK Crust is neither destroyed nor formed along transform boundaries. Transform boundaries are places where plates slide horizontally past each other.

48 17.3 Quiz

49 Chapter 20 – Mountain Building Before I studied mountains, a mountain was just a mountain. While I studied mountains, a mountain was so much more than a mountain. When I understood mountains, a mountain was just a mountain. -Zen Saying-

50 20.1 Crust-Mantle Relationships OBJECTIVES Describe the elevation distribution of Earth’s surface. Explain isostasy and how it pertains to Earth’s mountains. Describe how Earth’s crust responds to the addition and removal of mass.

51 20.1 Earth’s Topography Thoughts? What is Earth’s highest elevation? What is Earth’s lowest elevation?

52 Majority of Topography About 70 % of Earth’s surface is below sea level.

53 Isostasy Isostasy between Earth’s mantle and crust exists when the mass of crust is balanced as a result of buoyancy and gravity.

54 Displacement The seafloor displaces more of the mantle than the same thickness of the continental crust.

55 Crust Thickness Continental crust, because it is thicker than oceanic crust, rises higher above Earth’s surface.

56 Deepest Root Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth, so it probably has the deepest root.

57 Isostatic Rebound When mountains erode, their roots decrease in size. In the process of isostatic rebound, mountains are eroded over hundreds of millions of years, while the crust below them rises.

58 Glacial Isostasy

59 20.2 Convergent-Boundary Mountains OBJECTIVES Compare and contrast the different type of mountains that form along convergent plate boundaries. Explain how Appalachian Mountains formed.

60 Orogeny The process that forms all mountains.

61 Subduction Zones Subduction results in the formation of deep-sea trenchs..

62 Convergent Zones Oceanic-Oceanic The volcanoes of an island arc complex form as a result of oceanic-oceanic convergence. At an oceanic- oceanic convergent boundary, old crust is recycled by subduction.

63 Convergent Zones

64 Convergent Zones (continued) Continental-Continental plate collisions produce very tall mountain ranges. The Himalayas formed as the result of continental-continental convergence.

65 Convergent Zones (continued) The tallest orogenic belts are found at continental-continental convergent boundaries.

66 Convergent Zones (continued) The Appalachian Mountains are an example of convergent-boundary mountains.

67 Tectonic Settings and Volcanic Activity

68 20.2 Quiz

69 20.3 Other Types of Mountains OBJECTIVES Describe the mountain ranges that form along ocean ridges. Compare and contrast up-lifted and fault-block mountains. Describe the mountains that form as a result of hot-spots in Earth’s mantle.

70 Divergent-Boundary Mountains Features found at divergent boundaries include ocean ridges.

71 Non-Boundary Mountains – Uplifted Uplifted mountains form when a large region of Earth’s crust rises up as a unit.

72 Uplifted (continued) Uplifted mountains have rocks that are not very deformed.

73 Uplifted mountains are the result of erosional forces.

74 The Adirondack Mountains, which are made of rocks that show little deformation, are uplifted mountains.

75 20.3 Non-Boundary Mountains – Fault Block Fault-block mountains form when a large pieces of crust are dropped between large faults. Grand Tetons, Wyoming

76 Non-Boundary Mountains – Volcanic Peaks Volcanoes that form over hot spots are often solitary and far from tectonic plate boundaries. The Hawaiian Islands formed as the result of the Pacific Plate’s moving over hot spots in Earth’s mantle.

77 20.3 Quiz

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