Geology 10 (Physical Geology)

California State University, Sacramento

Week 15: Plate tectonics


Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Describe evidence for continental drift theory

  • Explain how paleomagnetism is used to date ocean crust

  • Explain apparent polar wandering

  • Describe plate motion at the mid-oceanic ridge

  • Describe plate motion at divergent, transform and convergent plate margins

  • Discuss how the California tectonic margin has changed with time

Test corrections
If you turn in test corrections by Monday Dec. 12, I will add them to your score for test #3.


Homework for week #15

If you take the on-line quiz for Chapter 19, I will count it as extra credit.  It can replace a missing quiz from earlier in the semester, or add to your quiz average if you have already completed all of the quizzes.  You can find the quiz by following this link:


E-mail it to me at:


Please note:  This is different from my CSUS e-mail address!


Click on the “Resources” tab at the top of the page, and scroll down to the chapter that you want to work on.  Complete the multiple choice quiz on-line, and e-mail the results to me.


Due date for homework:  The start of class on Friday, December 9

Reading Assignments

From Plummer, Carlson and Hammersley, Physical Geology, 13th edition

Chapter 19 - Plate tectonics


Powerpoint graphics used during lectures


Plate tectonics