Plate Tectonics
Plate Tectonics

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Plate Tectonics

Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the theory of tectonic plates and the different forms of evidence (e.g. palaeontology, palaeomagnetism, continuity of structures etc.) that can be used to understand the movement of the lithospheric plates over geological time

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms of crustal growth and transfer of heat at spreading ocean ridges

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the three main types of plate boundary (constructive, destructive and conservative) and how they interact at triple junctions

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the difference between relative and true plate motion

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the driving and retarding forces that influence plate motion at constructive, destructive and conservative plate boundaries.

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