Systems, systems, systems! Is that all we ever talk about in this class? Almost!! Once again we are going to examine the Earth’s systems. This time we are going to do so from a geologic perspective. How does the movement of the Earth’s plates affect the other Earth systems?


Pretend to look into the future.

Looking into the future, pretend to witness the movement of the Earth’s plates. What would you see? Use what you know to predict how plate movement will affect other Earth systems.

Write a short paragraph (2 to 3 sentences) to describe what would happen in the EACH of the following scenarios. You need to write a paragraph for each scenario.

1. How do volcanic eruptions affect the weather? [NOTE: Weather is the day to day condition of the atmosphere. For example the weather may be rainy one day and sunny the next.]

2. How do volcanic eruptions affect the climate? [NOTE: Climate is a long term description of the average temperature and precipitation of an area. For example, much of Southern Utah has a desert climate because it is usually hot and dry.]

3. How does mountain building affect waterways and drainage patterns? [NOTE: Mountain building is when mountains are built up by forces within the Earth, usually convergent margins.]

4. How might uplift affect species diversity? [NOTE: Uplift is when forces inside the Earth cause massive pieces of the Earth's crust to be lifted up. Uplift causes mountains or high plateaus to exist where there was previously low ground.]

5. How might upwelling (the rising of super heated water) from ocean vents affect the ocean biome?

6. Identify AND explain how the movement of the plates affects a matter cycle.

7. Identify AND explain how the movement of the plates affects energy flow in the Earth.

WOW! That was easy--only seven questions. If you answered all seven questions correctly and used complete sentences, you will earn a GREAT grade.


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