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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This churn moves the continental plates above, similar to the way a raft of froth gets pushed around the surface of a simmering pot of soup.
My forehead receives kinetic energy from the continental plates, absorbing it in parallel alpine wrinkles.
The earth is divided into continental plates and these plates move.
The Indonesian archipelago straddles a region where the meeting of several continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.
Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.
Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where the meeting of continental plates causes frequent high volcanic and seismic activity.
Continental plates emerge, then sink back into the Earth, but the presence of the superpiles and the location of subducted plates suggest that the two superpiles likely have remained fixed to the Earth's core while the rest of the mantle has churned around them for millions of years.
The final section covers metasomatism at the edges of the continental plates.
Many natural processes contribute to this change, including i) long-term forcing related to the movement and elevation of the Earth's continental plates, ii) changes in the amount and distribution of solar radiation received by the Earth, driven by regular changes in the earth's orbit and the sun's activity, and iii) climatic modulations driven by periodic oscillations in the pattern of oceanic and atmospheric currents.
I don't see a period in the history of Earth, during which these two continental plates were connected," he said.
The word "geysir" is Icelandic, and the Vikings used to hold their annual councils at the restless site where the two continental plates meet.
Off he went, abseiling into molten lava and scuba diving in the narrow gap between two of the earth's continental plates.
5 billion years ago, its cooling surface eventually developed continental plates and ocean basins that move as they do today.
It actually sits inside the gorge that separates the two continental plates, allowing visitors to walk the length of the great divide between Europe and America.
The route runs close to the 9,000 year-old lava fields of Pingvallahraun and into the ten mile long rift valley where the North American and Eurasian continental plates are physically tearing apart.