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Plate Tectonics




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Earth Materials  Geology Plate tectonics

Earth Materials Geology Plate tectonics

Why have all the mountains not worn away by now?

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Earth Structure

Earth Structure

Radius 6300-6400km

Thin crust

Mantle extends almost halfway to the centre

The core makes up the rest

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Low density solid crust floating on an almost solid mantle

But overall the Earth is dense

The core must be very dense

Probably made of dense metals nickel and iron

Hot liquid outer core and solid inner core

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Rock Cycle

Rock Cycle

Weathering breaks down the rocks

Erosion wears them into smaller pieces as they are transported towards the sea

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Deposition of sediments

Deposition of sediments

Most sediments settle in water

Currents and waves form ripple marks

Evidence can be found for this in the rock

Ripple marks can be preserved in the rock

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Sedimentary rocks

Sedimentary rocks

Grand Canyon

Youngest rocks at the top

Rocks and fossils older as you go down

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Unstable Earth

Unstable Earth

The Earths crust is subjected to huge forces

Very large forces can fracture the rock

This can be seen as fault lines in the rock layers

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Tilted and Folded

Tilted and Folded

Sedimentary rocks are often found tilted

They can also be folded by the huge forces

This has happened at Lulworth cove

Sometimes the rock layers can even be turned upside down

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Alfred Wegener

Alfred Wegener

Some people thought the Earth was shrinking and cracking

Wegener thought whole sections of the crust moved (plate tectonics)

Some people did not understand and thought the continents floated around in the oceans (continental drift)

He died before people accepted his ideas

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Tectonic plates

Tectonic plates

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Same fossils and rocks found in different parts of the world

Africa and South America look like pieces of a jigsaw

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