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Quinn science F4

Plate Tectonics Vocabulary

TermDefinition
subduction zone area that oceanic plates sink down into the asthenosphere
reverse fault fault in which the hanging wall moves up relative to the footwall
outer core layer that is liquid
transform boundary type of boundary that is between two tectonic plates that slide past each other
sea floor spreading process in which new oceanic lithosphere is created as older materials are pulled away
mantle layer between crust and core
mesophere strong, lower part of the mantel, between asthenosphere and outer core
tension stress that happens when plates pull apart from each other
normal fault tectonic forest that push on rocks cause this kind of fault
crust the outermost layer of the Earth
stress the amount of force that is put on a material
inner core solid, dense center of the Earth
tectonic plates the lithosphere is divided into pieces form these
continental drift the theory that continents can move apart from one another and have done so in the past
core center of the Earth
fault surface along which rocks break and slide past each other
asthenosphere soft layer of mantle on which pieces of the lithosphere move
compression stress that happens when two plates collide
lithosphere layer that is above the asthenosphere
divergent boundary type of boundary between plates that move away from each other
strike slip fault type of fault in which the two fault blocks move past each other horizontally
convergent boundary type of boundary between plates tat collide
folding occurs when rock layers bend due to stress
plate tectonics the theory that Earth's lithosphere is divided into tectonic plates that move around on top of the asthenosphere
Created by: carriequinn