Card Set Information
what happened in hadean eon?
new, noxious atmosphere
heating earths interior
what the "iron catastrophe"?
earliest crust and ocean
what happens during chemical differentiation?
lighter elements to top and heavier elements to middle
what are feature of the core?
inner core= solid iron
outer core= iron rich fluid
creates earth geomagnetic field
what are features of the mantle?
lower mantle hotter
lower llithosphere rest on asthenosphere
what are features of the continental crust?
continental crust hotter than oceanic
thicker than ocenaic
lower density "floats" on mantle
what are features of oceanic crust?
iron and magnesium rich
warm rock rises, cool rock descends
______ plates carry continents and oceans
what is the tectonic theory?
earth lithosphere broken into plates that move and interact
plate move in response to forces in mantle
how many major lithospheric plates are there?
what are subduction zones?
plates recycled into mantle
characterized by deep sea trenches
denser plate subducts beneath less dense plate
what happens at spreading centers?
magma errupts from mantle. new rock added to plate margin
geomagnetic field switches from _______ to ________ on irregular basis
what incorporated earths new magnetic orientation?
iron crystals in magma
iron rich sediment particles align with geomagnetic field like compass needles (T/F)
when lithified ________ and ________ sediments permanently record orientation of geomagnetic field at that time
explain paleomagnetism at divergent plate boundaries:
two or more plates pull apart
molten rises through rift zone
newest magma on either side of rift
newest crust travel away from center on each side
oceanic crust records reversed and normal polarity
what is the ring of fire?
most seismically and volcanic active zone in world
what is divergent plate boundary?
new lithospher forms as plate pulls apart
what is transformed plate boundary?
plates grind past each other
no change in lithosphere
what is convergent plate boundary?
one plate goes underneath another or two plates collide without subducting
seafloor spreading leads to formation of new crust, what is it enriched with?
iron and magnesium
explain oceanic continent convergent boundary:
plate of oceanic crust collide with plate of continental crust. oceanic crust is subducted under continental plate
explain ocean ocean convergent boundary:
two oceanic crust plated collide. older denser plate usually subducts, site of island arc formation
as a plate subducts ______ is scraped off
what is a wedge calle because of its three-dimensional shape
explain continent continent convergent boundaries:
convergence of indian and eurasian plates