Evolution of Theories (INQF) Practice

  1. Continental Drift (INQF-1)
    1. Science is


    2. Compare and contrast scientific law and scientific theory






    3. Compare and contrast hypothesis and theory.  






    4. Is Wegener's idea a hypothesis, a law or a theory? Defend your choice. 






  2. Evidence (INQF-2)
    1. Explain how the fossil record supported Wegener's theory of continental drift. Use a specific organism to support your arguments and refute possible counter arguments. 






    2. Explain how the paleoclimate supported Wegener's theory of continental drift. There are three evidences you should describe. 






    3. Explain how rock formations supported Wegener's theory of continental drift. Be sure to define how a rock formation can be identified uniquely. 






    4. Explain how mountain ranges supported Wegener's theory of continental drift. 






  3. Earthquake depths (INQF-3)
    1. Explain the pattern of earthquake depths of a subduction zone. 






    2. Why was this valuable information when scientists were developing the theory of plate tectonics? 






  4. Seafloor Spreading (INQF-4)
    1. Explain radioactive dating of rocks . 






    2. Explain how radioactive dating of ocean rocks supported the theory of seafloor spreading. 






    3. Explain how paleomagentism works. 






    4. Explain how paleomagentism supported the theory of seafloor spreading. 






    5. Describe seafloor spreading






    6. What does seafloor spreading have to do with plate tectonics? 






    7. Explain why the seafloor has been described as a conveyor belt external arrow






  5. Hot Spots (INQF-5)
    1. Describe a hot spot 






    2. Explain how geologists use them to know the rate at which plates are moving.