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Discussion Topic #2 Survey on Oncourse
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Questions Concerning the Growth of the
- What processes control the formation of the Earth's crust?
- Where is new crust being formed today?
- Crust is either oceanic or continental
- Have the processes of crustal formation remained uniform
over geological time?
- What controls crust formation?
- How might the conditions that control crust formation
changed through Earth history?
- Would the crust formed early in Earth history be similar
to today's newly forming crust?
- How do oceanic and continental crust differ and why?
- What is different about their formation?
- What is different about their chemical compositions,
minerals and rock types?
- How have the continents and oceans evolved over time?
- Has the relative proportions of continents and oceans
- How are ancient continents differ from younger continents?
- How do continents grow?
Resources and Information on Tectonics, Crust Formation and Early
- History of Development of Concepts in Plate Tectonics
- Principles of the Rock Cycle, Crustal Formation and
- Summary of Evolutionary Events in Early Earth History,
including Crust Formation
- The First Continent?
- Notes on Characteristics of the Early Crust
- Maps and Links to Animations of Changes in Continents over
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