Lithospheric Plates: Earth's Structure

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What is the lithosphere composed of?

The crust and the uppermost portion of the mantle

What is the result of the movement of tectonic plates at divergent boundaries?

The formation of new crust

What is the name of the plate where the Eurasian Plate and North American Plate are moving apart?

The Mid-Atlantic Ridge

What is the name of the plate boundary where tectonic plates move away from each other?

Divergent boundary

What is the layer of the Earth's structure beneath the lithosphere?

The asthenosphere

How many main types of plate boundaries are there?


What occurs when an oceanic plate is forced beneath a continental plate or another oceanic plate?

Subduction zone formation

What type of geological phenomenon results from the movement of tectonic plates along faults?


What is the name of the plate boundary where the Pacific Plate is subducting beneath several other plates?

The Pacific Ring of Fire

What type of plate boundary is characterized by horizontal movement resulting in earthquakes?

Transform boundary

What type of geological phenomenon occurs at convergent boundaries through the collision and uplift of crustal material?

Mountain formation

What is the name of the fault where the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate are sliding past each other?

The San Andreas Fault

Learn about the Earth's lithosphere, the solid outer part of our planet. Discover how it's composed of several large and small tectonic plates, and how it's bounded by the atmosphere and the asthenosphere. Test your knowledge of Earth's structure!

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