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Describe the differences and

relation between the lithosphere

and asthenosphere.
Name the three types of plate
boundaries and the general
characteristic of plate movement
along each plate boundary.
What is the magnetic field and
how is it formed?
Plate Boundaries

Plate Tectonics

 Explains the configuration of topographic

features of the Earth- mountains, valleys,
volcanoes, islands, oceanic trenches, faults
Tectonic plates
 Are composed of the lithosphere
 Move as a coherent mass
 May contain oceanic crust and continental
Direction of Movement

 Perpendicular to mid-oceanic ridges

Plate Boundaries
 Concentration
of stored
energy and
release of
 Production
of hazards

Topographic features on the Earth’s surface

reflects what is happening in the mantle.
Tectonic Map: locate plate
boundaries by symbol
Convergent Plate Boundary

 Magmatic arc
 Oceanic crust subducts under continental
 Melting occurs at about 100 miles
 Hot more buoyant material rises
Volcanic Arc
 Oceanic and
continental crust
 Cascade Range, Andes,
 Characteristics: large
volcanoes; subduction
zone; trench; oceanic
crust subducts under
continental crust
Plate Boundary
 Map and cross-
section views of the
subduction zone
 The oceanic Juan de
Fuca plate subducts
under the
continental North
American Plate
Convergent Plate Boundary

 Two oceanic crusts

 Oceanic crust subducts under
opposing oceanic crust
 Oldest oceanic crust subducts
Island Arc
 Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Caribbean,
Aleutian Islands
Convergent Plate Boundary
 Earthquakes trace the
subducting slab to
about 500 miles or
650 kilometers

Gold dots represent earthquake hypocenters

Convergent Plate Boundaries

 Two continental crusts

 Neither subduct due to buoyancy of crusts
 Mountains form
 India collided
with Asia about
40 million years
 Mt. Everest,
29,000 feet
Divergent Plate Boundary
 Two plates move apart
 Run through ocean basins
Divergent Plate Boundaries

Mid-oceanic ridges, transform faults and rift

valleys, and the formation of the ocean floor
are characteristics associated with divergent
plate boundaries.
Transform Plate Boundary
Transform Plate Boundary

 The tectonic plate

pass by each other
 Connect other plate
 San Andreas Fault
Extension-“Pre-divergent Boundary”

Continental crust begins to stretch due to

tensional stress.
Basin and Range
 Continental crust
begins to stretch due
to convection within
the asthenosphere
 A series of
mountains and
valleys develop
 Long Valley Caldera
is located on the
western most
East Africa Rift Zone
 An area of
 Continental
crust is
beginning to
forming a rift
Hot Spots

 Stationary plumes of hot material that

initiate at the core/mantle interface
 Hawaii: the plume is beneath oceanic crust
Hot Spots
Hot Spots

 Yellowstone is associated with a hot spot

under continental crust
Plate Tectonics
 The theory of plate tectonics is based on
the evaluation of scientific evidence and
observation- The Scientific Method
 Continental Drift hypothesis
 Seafloor Spreading hypothesis
Sketch a cross section of a
divergent plate boundary.
 Label with the following terms:
 rift valley;
 oceanic ridge;
 oceanic crust;
 . volcanism;
location of melting and
 and arrows indicating direction of plate
Sketch a cross-section of a
convergent plate boundary that
contains an oceanic crust.

 Label with the following terms:

 Subduction zone
 Trench
 Area of melting
 Area of volcanism
 Arrows indicating direction of plate movement
Name the landform associated
with oceanic crust subducting
under continental crust.
Oceanic crust?