plate tectonics

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Synonyms for plate tectonics

the branch of geology studying the folding and faulting of the earth's crust

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During the Cretaceous Period (145-65 million years ago), the Gondwana super-continent began to split into several continental plates, the Tethys Ocean floor began to subduct beneath the southern margin of Eurasia, and, as the Tethys Ocean became narrower, the Indian Plate moved northward.
From Florence to the southern end of the state, the continental plate slowly is rising, from between 2 to 5 millimeters per year.
The scientists analyzed the composition of rocks from two regions in the Himalayas, and discovered evidence of two separate collisional events: As India crept steadily northward, it first collided with a string of islands 50 million years ago, before plowing into the Eurasian continental plate 10 million years later.
Ophiolitic rocks and melanges occur along western margins of the Indo Pakistan block in Lasbela-Khuzdar, Muslim Bagh-Zhob and Waziristan while deep seated thrusts known as MKT and MBT are the suture zones between Eurasian Continental Plate, Kohistan Oceanic Island arc and Indo Pakistan Continental Plate.
The quakes originated from the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the meeting point of two large tectonic plates known as the San Juan de Fuca plate and the continental plate.
New Madrid, however, has evaded explanation because it is right in the middle of the North American continental plate, far from the edges where earthquakes usually occur.
FOR hundreds of thousands of years before and after the asteroid, the movement of India against the Asian continental plate would have produced massive, prolonged volcanic activity.
Accretion occurs where oceanic sediments are scraped off a subducting plate and added to a large wedge on the edge of the overriding continental plate.
Mount Hood was formed by a subduction zone - a situation when a continental plate hits the second one below.
The Pacific plate is moving to the north-northwest and the continental plate is moving to the west.
Geoscientists are seeking to understand Tibet and its flanking mountain ranges because these features represent the best available lesson on what happens when one continental plate rams into another, an event that has recurred countless times in Earth's past (SN: 7/14/90, p.
Most of the melt layers are where you would expect to find them, like under volcanic regions like Hawaii and various active undersea volcanoes, or around subduction zones - areas at the edge of a continental plate where the oceanic plate is sinking into the deep interior and producing melt," said Schmerr.
2 event suggest that the rock ruptured at the boundary where the Pacific plate sinks below another continental plate.
In international cooperation, it was possible to follow the route of the approximately 100 kilometers thick Indian continental plate beneath Tibet.
An earthquake rocks a coastal city, releasing energy built up in an underlying continental plate.