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1 Planet Earth Unit Topic 1 (Pgs )

2 How were these Alberta landforms created?

3 What do YOU think is in our planet? Geologists are scientists that study the Earth

4 The Layers of Planet Earth

5 The Layers of Planet Earth  The Crust The outer layer of Earth, made up of the features we see (mountains, valleys, hills, plains, etc.) This layer is bout km thick (the thinnest of all the layers)  The Mantle The upper mantle is solid like the crust The lower mantle melted rock that flows slowly (very hot here) This layer is 2900 km thick and makes up 67% of the Earth’s mass The crust and the upper mantle (solid layers) form the lithosphere

6 The Layers of Planet Earth  The Outer Core This layer is so hot that rock is completely liquefied (molten) This layer is about 2200 km thick  The Inner Core This layer is solid even though it is VERY hot (7000°C) The massive pressure from the other layers press the inner core into a hard ball of metals This layer is about 1250 km thick

7 The Earth changes all the time, sometimes very quickly and sometimes very slowly  Sudden Changes Earthquakes Volcanoes Tsunamis Hurricanes Tornados  Long-Term Changes Erosion ○ Wind ○ Water ○ Ice Weathering

8 Earthquakes  What is an earthquake?  How does an earthquake happen?  What are some of the side effects of an earthquake?

9 How Earthquakes Work  The first place where the rocks below the surface break is called the focus, and occurs along fault lines  The energy released by this sudden break is called spreads as waves called seismic waves  The point on the surface of the Earth directly above the focus is called the epicentre  Geologists use a seismogram to locate the epicentre and provide aid to those injured

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11 The Richter Scale Richter scale no.No. of earthquakes per year Typical effects of this magnitude < Detected only by seismometers Just about noticeable indoors Most people notice them, windows rattle Everyone notices them, dishes may break, open doors swing Slight damage to buildings, plaster cracks, bricks fall Much damage to buildings: chimneys fall, houses move on foundations Serious damage: bridges twist, walls fracture, buildings may collapse Great damage, most buildings collapse. > 8.0 One every 5 to 10 years Total damage, surface waves seen, objects thrown in the air.

12 Volcanoes  A volcano is an opening in the Earth’s crust that allows solid and molten rock to escape  Volcanoes are easier to predict than earthquakes  Magma - molten rock within the Earth  Lava - molten rock that flows out of a volcano  Ash - small, burnt particles from a volcanic eruption

13 Gradual Changes to the Earth  Weathering The process of breaking down rocks by water, wind, or ice  Erosion occurs when the pieces of rock broken down from weathering move from place to place

14 3 Types of Weathering 1. Mechanical Rocks are broken apart by forces, like wind or water 2. Chemical Rocks are broken apart by chemicals, like acid rain or air pollution 3. Biological Rocks are broken apart by living things, like tree roots or animal/human use

15 The Power of Moving Water  As rivers flow they carry sand, gravel, mud  these are called sediments  As these sediments sit on the bottom of lakes, rivers, oceans they become hard rocks  this is called sedimentation

16 Fast vs. Slow Landslide Glaciers slowly grow and shrink, scraping the Earth’s crust as they move


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