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Layers of the Earth 101

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    Read about the layers of the earth

    Watch a brief video illustrating the layers of the earth here

    • How are the layers of the Earth similar? How are they different?
    • List the layers from the core outward.
    • List the layers from the thinnest to the thickest.
    Learn about density and the earth's layers
    • How does density determine the layers of the Earth?
    • Describe the formation of the Earth and the Earth's layers.
    • Describe the two types of crust: oceanic and continental. How do they compare?
    • Explain why "isostasy" is important as we study plate tectonics. 
    Examine the table comparing continental and oceanic crust
    • Why does continental crust sit higher than oceanic crust?