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Stress and Strain in the Life of a Rock

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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.43

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    anticline, asthenosphere, compression, deformation, ductile, syncline, surface, folds, stress, opposite, easily, toll, bulge, molten, brittle, layer


Stress and Strain in the Life of a Rock
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     The Earth's surface is constantly changing. We don't usually see the changes because they happen slowly. But Earth's crust is always being pushed, pulled, folded, and broken. What causes these changes? Stress.
 
2     Earth's crust is made up of plates of rock. These plates move about on the asthenosphere. This is a mostly molten layer of the upper mantle. As they move about, the plates are pushed and pulled. This force is called stress.
 
3     Stress causes the rocks of the crust to slowly change. Their volumes change. Their shapes also change. Stress causes rocks to move up, down, or sideways. They tilt, fold, and even break. This is called deformation.

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