Short Essay Questions Key
1. In Chapter 1, what natural feature does author James Michener describe as dwarfing all others on Earth, and why?
Michener believes that the mightiest natural feature on Earth is the ocean, because it is huge, deep, complex, and ever-changing.
2. What happened, millions of years ago, when a rupture occurred on the ocean floor?
When a rupture occurred on the ocean floor, liquid molten rock seeped out through the opening. This was the first step toward the formation of a new island.
3. Is the formation of a new island a quick process? Why or why not?
No, the formation of a new island is not a quick process. It can take millions of years, with each new underwater eruption adding new layers, bringing it ever closer to the surface.
4. Once an island finally reaches the ocean's surface, is its presence there permanent? Why or why not?
No, it isn't necessarily permanent, because ongoing undersea activity often causes new islands to sink back beneath the ocean's surface again.
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