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Question Set: Ocean Floor and Volcanoes

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:

  1. What is seafloor spreading? Why is it less likely to occur in the Pacific ocean basin than in the Atlantic ocean basin?
     
  2. Explain how you think seafloor spreading and subduction recycle Earth’s materials.
     
  3. Explain the formation process of a mid-ocean island from a hot spot to an atoll. What are the major processes that cause these changes?
Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.