The student will investigate and understand that plate tectonic theory explains Earth’s internal and external geologic processes. Key ideas include
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evidence of geologic processes is found in Virginia’s geologic landscape.
convection currents in Earth’s interior lead to the movement of plates and influence the distribution of materials in Earth’s layers, and may impact the magnetic field;
features and processes occur within plates and at plate boundaries;
interaction between tectonic plates causes the development of mountain ranges and ocean basins; and