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MCAS QUESTION OF THE DAY:

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2015 Spring Release, Science and Technology/Engineering - Grade 8
Download PDF Document Question 15 - Multiple-Choice

Reporting Category: Earth and Space Science
Standard: 5 - Describe how the movement of the earth's crustal plates causes both slow changes in the earth's surface (e.g., formation of mountains and ocean basins) and rapid ones (e.g., volcanic eruptions and earthquakes).

 
The pictures below show the estimated locations of landmasses on Earth 225 million years ago and their present day locations.
The picture on the left titled “225 Million Years Ago” shows all of Earth’s continents very close together in one landmass. The picture on the right titled “Present Day” shows the continents of South America and Africa are separated by a great distance.
Which of the following processes caused the breakup and relocation of the landmasses over time?
 
 
 

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