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Forces Shaping the Earth

TermDefinition
core area at the center of the Earth, which includes a solid inner core and a hot liquid outer core
mantle Earth's thickest layer, found between the core and the crust
magma hot melted rock inside the Earth that flows to the surface when a volcano erupts
crust uppermost layer of the Earth
continent large landmass that rises above an ocean
plate tectonics scientific theory that explains how processes within the Earth form continents and cause their movement
earthquakes sudden and violent movement of the Earth's crust that shakes the land, and can cause great damage
fault crack in the Earth's crust where two tectonic plates meet; prone to earthquakes
weathering process in which rock is broken into smaller pieces by water and ice, chemicals, or even plants
erosion process by which weathered bits of rock are moved elsewhere by water, wind, or ice
release to relieve pressure
constant happening a lot or all the time
accumulate to increase in amount
 



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