3Theory of Plate Tectonics… Plate Tectonics refers to the movements of plates (large segments of continents and ocean) around the Earth’s surface.These land masses are seen as a giant jigsaw puzzle, and any one mass can’t move without creating gaps between or overlaps with other piecesThey move on the Lithospheric plates on the Liquid Mantle and move along by convection currents in the magmaConvection currents in the asthenosphere of the mantle.
4How many of these plates are there? There are 7 major plates and 5 minor plates – 12 plates total.It is on the edges of the plates – near the borders of plates where all the action is! (earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building!)These edges of the plates are called PLATE BOUNDARIES
5Mountains in red, volcanoes and Earthquakes in yellow…
9Why is the Ring of Fire so Active? The ring of Fire is a Ring around the Pacific ocean (on the edges of the Pacific tectonic plate) where there are numerous volcanoes and Earthquakes.Why???...There are 7 other plates that meet the edges of the Pacific plate there– so there is lots of jostling, smashing, and moving where all the edges meet.
11Plate Boundaries…At the edges of the plates is where all the action occurs because of all the smashing that takes place there.When Plates move – there are only 3 choices they have…1) crash directly into each other2) separate from each other3)slide past/along one another
123 Types of Plate Boundaries 1) DIVERGENT boundaries2 plates move away from each other opening a gap called a spreading centerSometimes, molten rock rises to the Earth’s surface in the gap (weakness in the crust where magma rises up = Hot spotHawaiian Islands
14As molten rock comes up through the gap created by the diverging plates, it pushes the old crust aside causing it to buckle. (you get new crust)This process is called RIDGE PUSH
15This is the symbol on a map for divergent boundaries RIDGE PUSH
16Divergent plates under water… When oceanic tectonic plates diverge, pull part, under water, the spreading center is called a spreading ridge or ocean ridge.Because the magma rises up through the gap and pushes the old crust aside, new sea floor is createdThis is called SEA FLOOR SPREADING
17The Mid Atlantic Ridge is formed by Diverging Plates It is an area in the middle of the Atlantic ocean that is forming an ocean ridgeSea floor spreading
18Divergent plates over land… When tectonic plates diverge, pull apart, over land, the spreading center is called a rift valley.This is less common than spreading over water
20Diverging plates in eastern Africa are slowly breaking Africa into pieces
212) CONVERGENT Boundaries When 2 plates move toward each-otherWhen they collide, they push on each other and one plate dives under the other. The more dense (heavier) plate goes under.The process of one plate diving under the other is called SUBDUCTION.Places where you find subduction are called Subduction zones.
24When Subduction occurs – the edge of the plate subducts deep into the mantle and starts to melt creating magma. That magma can make it’s way up through cracks in the crust and form volcanoes.When the plate subducts, it “pulls” the rest of the plate with it - This is called Slab pull (the whole slab is pulled under the other slab)This slab pull helps keep the tectonic plates in motion.
26Oceanic-Continental Plate Convergence… When a dense (heavier) oceanic plate collides with a less-dense (lighter) continental plate, the oceanic plate subducts.This creates a deep underwater valley called a trench.As the subducting plate moves deeper, it starts to melt and magma can work it’s way to the surface forming cone-shaped VolcanoesA chain of volcanoes = Volcanic beltThis force of collision between the 2 plates creates mountain ranges as the continental rock crumbles and folds
28Oceanic - Oceanic Plate Convergence… Subduction occurs when 2 oceanic plates converge/collide.The denser plate subducts under the other, a deep ocean trench is formed, and the subducting plate sinks deep into the mantleThis interaction may produce a long chain of volcanic islands known as a Volcanic island arc ( ie. Japan islands)
30Continental - Continental Plate Convergence… When continental plates collide, subduction DOES NOT occur because the plates are the same density.Instead, the plates hit head on and their edges crumple and fold forming great Mountain ranges ( ie. The Himalayas)The Himalayas are the highest and youngest mountain range and are increasing in height several cm a year due to continuous convergence of the plates!
33Think you can label the letters with the correct term?
343) Transformation boundaries 2 plates slide past one anotherBecause they are sliding horizontally past each other – no mountains or volcanoes are formedFaults (breaks in rock layers due to movement on either side) forms.San Andreas Fault