Cracking Up: Plate Tectonics

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6(10)  Earth and space. The student understands the structure of Earth, the rock cycle, and plate tectonics. The student is expected to:

  • (C) identify the major tectonic plates, including Eurasian, African, Indo-Australian, Pacific, North American, and South American; and
  • (D) describe how plate tectonics causes major geological events such as ocean basins, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and mountain building.

8(9)  Earth and space. The student knows that natural events can impact Earth systems. The student is expected to:

  • (A) describe the historical development of evidence that supports plate tectonic theory;
  • (B) relate plate tectonics to the formation of crustal features.