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Evolutionary Theories and Processes
the process through which a species disappears from Earth
this occurs when large numbers of species die out in a fairly short period of time.
a process of change over time
theory by Charles Darwin that explains how populations evolve into new species
a trait that improves an organism's chance for survival and reproduction
idea suggested by Alfred Wegener that states that a giant landmass known as Pangaea gradually split apart and the continents moved to their present location.
theory of plate tectonics
states that the Earth's lithosphere (land), is broken into large sections called tectonic plates that move and change position over time.
this word means land
land that is broken into large sections
a dense molten layer of Earth that tectonic plates float on
when tectonic push together causing the land to rise
when tectonic plates are pulled apart. These ocean plates create new seafloor and undersea mountains called mid-ocean ridges. These boundaries on land can produce volcanoes.
when tectonic plates slide past each other. These boundaries cause earthquakes.