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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Though most of that energy is dissipated by earthquake occurrences at plate boundaries, some of the energy or stress can work its way into the middle of the tectonic plates.
This collection of geological studies on the subject of exhumation concentrates on strike-slip faults, and how plate boundaries can affect these natural but potentially dangerous occurrences.
Professor Robert Holdsworth, expert in structural geology, said: "Most potentially damaging earthquakes like this occur near to plate boundaries such as the San Andreas Fault.
Durham University Professor Robert Holdsworth, an expert in structural geology, said: "Most potentially damaging earthquakes like this occur near to plate boundaries such as the San Andreas Fault so this is quite unusual.
Professor Robert Holdsworth, expert in structural geology at Durham University, said: "Most potentially damaging earthquakes like this occur near to plate boundaries.
These pressures interact with the relative motions between adjacent plates that give rise to earthquakes along the plate boundaries.
This model, however, does not make allowance for deformable plate boundaries, such as the boundary between the Eurasian Plate and the Arabian Plate upon which Iraq lies.
The second lesson for seismologists is that we must be concerned about induced slippage of weakly coupled regions adjacent to strongly coupled sections of plate boundaries.
The motion of these tectonic plates stress rocks along the plate boundaries, and the accumulated stress is frequently released in the form of major fault movements and earthquakes.
Most igneous activity in the ocean basins occurs at plate boundaries.
Recent earthquake experiences have revealed that Malaysia is vulnerable to the earthquake originating from active plate boundaries in terms of tremors.
Application phase: Explain that faults are often (but not always) found near plate boundaries and that each type of fault is frequently associated with specific types of plate movements.
Nearly 95 percent of the world's volcanoes form near tectonic plate boundaries, where Earth's continents converge.
The plate boundaries underneath the Kanto region have a complex structure, with both the Pacific Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate slipping under the land plate.
His theory explains earthquakes that occur in the middle of the North American continent, far from the usual zones of high earthquake activity along tectonic plate boundaries, such as California's San Andreas fault.