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Question Set: The Oceanic Crust and Seafloor

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas:

  1. What are some differences between continental crust and oceanic crust?
  2. What are ophiolites? How are they used to learn about the structure and composition of the oceanic crust?
  3. What is meant by the term “life cycle” of the oceanic crust?
  4. Where would you expect to find large lithogenous sediment particles?
  5. Explain the difference between lithogenous and biogenous sediments.
  6. Where would you expect volcanoes and hydrothermal vents to be located?
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.