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  1. Plate Tectonics Chapter 17

  2. Continental Drift _________ proposed the theory that the crustal plates are moving over the mantle. This was supported by fossil and rock type evidence; also matching of coastline shapes. Wegener

  3. Convection Currents The force responsible for plate movement is __________.

  4. Plate Boundaries • The following two slides show maps of the current major plate boundaries and their relative motions. • You should be able to describe various landforms created by different plate movements.

  5. Plate Boundaries • Divergent Boundary – moving _____ • Convergent Boundary – moving ________ • Transform Fault Boundary – moving ________________________ apart together sideways past each other

  6. Divergent boundary of two continental plates. Creates a __________. Example: _____________ rift valley East African Rift

  7. Convergent boundary of two oceanic plates. Creates an ________ and a _____. Example: _____ island arc trench Japan

  8. Convergent boundary of an oceanic plate and a continental plate. Forms a _______ mountain range and a ______. Examples: _______ or _______ Mts volcanic trench Andes Cascades

  9. Convergent boundary of two continental plates. Forms a ______ mountain range. Examples: ___________, Alps, ______________ Himalayas folded Appalachians

  10. Transform-fault boundary where the North American and Pacific plates are moving ____ each other. Example: ________________ in California past San Andreas Fault

  11. Plate Boundaries Review • Places where plates move apart are called _____________ boundaries. • When continental plates diverge a ___________ is formed. • When two oceanic plates converge what is created? _________________ • The Appalachians formed mainly from continental plate collisions and therefore are a __________ mountain range. • The force moving the plates is ____________ . divergent rift valley an island arc and a trench folded Convection currents