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OCN 201 Oceanography First Exam Topics

The exam consists 4-5 written questions:

The potential comprehension questions are listed below.

The potential application question is related to one or more of the comprehension topics. A satisfactory response has three parts:

  1. List the topic(s) that applies, e.g. I can respond by using the Density Structure of Earth.
  2. Briefly explain the parts of the concept necessary to respond to question, e.g. Three layers, density and compositional differences, etc.
  3. Answer the question.

Potential Written Comprehension Exam Questions

The 4-5 written comprehension questions will come from lecture topics

Plate Tectonics

Density Structure of the Earth

Discuss the density structure of Earth. (8)


Discuss the theory of isostasy. (10)

Sea Floor Spreading

Discuss the theory of sea-floor spreading. (10)

Mechanical Structure of Earth

Discuss the mechanical structure of Earth. (10)

The Driving Mechanism of Plate Tectonics

Discuss the driving mechanism of plate tectonics. (10)

Plate Tectonics and the Depth of the Sea Floor

Explain why the depth of the sea floor changes with age. (10)

The Ocean Basins

Types of Marine Provinces

Draw and label a cross-section of an ocean basin. (8)

Marine Sediments

Types of Marine Sediment

Contrast the two types of marine sediment. (9)

Abyssal Clays

Discuss abyssal clays. (7)

Biogenous Oozes

Discuss biogenous oozes. (10)

The Global Distribution of Marine Sediments

Draw and label a diagram of the global distribution of marine sediment. (6)


The list of exam topics for the first exam are complete

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