ES Unit 3: Earth's Interior
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The thinnest and outermost layer of the Earth. Includes both continental and oceanic
The largest part of Earth's interior - made of rock that is mostly solid but can flow slowly like a thick liquid
Solid layer at the very center of Earth. The hottest layer, made of solid iron.
Liquid layer located below the mantle but above the inner core. Made of liquid iron and nickel.
Includes the uppermost part of the mantle and the crust, since they are both hard and brittle.
The part of the mantle where rock is hot enough to be able to bend and move slowly
A measure of how tightly packed molecules are (mass per volume)
The more mass is squeezed into a space, the greater this number is.
The transfer of energy through space without a direct contact between a heat source and object
Heat transfer within a single material, or between materials that are directly touching
Heat transfer by the movement of currents within a fluid (liquid or gas)
pieces of the lithosphere that float on top of the mantle and move independently of each other
The type of boundary where two plates collide (come together).
The type of plate boundary where plates move away from each other and lava comes through Earth's crust.
The type of plate boundary where two plates slide past each other.
the process that occurs in the middle of oceans at divergent boundaries when lava comes through the crust
the process that occurs at convergent boundaries when a denser plate is pushed beneath a less dense plate
A weak spot in the Earth's crust where magma comes to the surface. (Can form at convergent boundaries, divergent boundaries, and hot spots.)
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