The great cracks in the earth's crust are called
faults. Very often earthquakes occur next to these faults. A
very famous fault is the San Andreas Fault. It is located near the
city of San Francisco. Another fault runs along the bottom of the
Pacific Ocean near Japan. When an earthquake occurs near an
underwater fault it is called a tsunami. It is called a tsunami
because a huge wave usually occurs. Tsunami is a Japanese word that
means, "harbor wave." Tsunamis can reach heights of two
Volcanoes are located above a pool of magma; the melted
rock that comes from the earth's mantle. Find the magma pool in the
If the pressure under the earth's crust builds up due to
heat and gases generated in the magma pools, the magma shoots to the
surface through a thin spot in the earth's crust. This is called a
volcano. Geologists call the magma that reaches the surface of the
earth lava. Ash, steam, and other gases shoot into the air.
Lava flows down the sides of the mountain. Everything in its path is
burned. Once the lava hits the air it begins to cool, becomes solid,
and eventually stops flowing.
Directions: Answer the following questions about
earthquakes and volcanoes.
1. The large cracks in the earth's crust are called
is the melted
rock that comes from the earth's mantle.
3. The San Andres fault is located near the city of
4. An underwater earthquake is called a
5. Magma that reaches the surface of the
earth is called
6. Tsunamis can reach heights of
two hundred feet
two hundred yards
7. The Japanese word that means, "harbor wave" is
8. Volcanoes are formed from pools of
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