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5: Plate Tectonics

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    Identify and compare common rock forming minerals, mineral structures and mineral properties.

    • Describe the basic chemistry involved in mineral formation and structures.
    • Identify and classify common rock forming minerals.
    • Identify the most common elements in the Earth’s crust and their order of abundance.

    Plate tectonics is often seen as the missing piece of the puzzle for geologists. Plate tectonics explains, either directly or indirectly, just about every topic discussed in geology. It is the glue that binds everything together.

    Thumbnail: Convergent boundary. (CC BY 4.0; domdomegg).

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