California State University, Sacramento
Week 14: Ocean floor and
Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:
Describe the slope and composition of the continental shelf, continental slope, continental rise and ocean trench.
Describe how new crust is formed at the mid-oceanic ridge.
Describe how the magnetic patterns of ocean crust can be used to date the crust.
Summarize age patterns in ocean crust.
Describe how guyotes, seamounts, barrier reefs and atolls form.
Homework for week #14 Bring a scantron form to the midterm this Friday.
Study for the midterm. Here are some terms to know and sample questions from each chapter:
You should also review your notes, review the chapters in the textbook, look at the chapter summaries from your textbook, and take on-line quizzes for practice.
From Plummer, Carlson and Hammersley, Physical Geology, 13th edition
Chapter 18 - Sea Floor
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