New Jersey Standards
NJ.5.4.8. Earth Systems Science: Earth operates as a set of complex, dynamic, and interconnected systems, and is a part of the all-encompassing system of the universe.
5.4.8.D. Tectonics: The theory of plate tectonics provides a framework for understanding the dynamic processes within and on Earth.
Earth is layered with a lithosphere, a hot, convecting mantle, and a dense, metallic core.
5.4.8.D.1. Model the interactions between the layers of Earth.
Major geological events, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and mountain building, result from the motion of plates. Sea floor spreading, revealed in mapping of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and subduction zones are evidence for the theory of plate tectonics.
5.4.8.D.2. Present evidence to support arguments for the theory of plate motion.