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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As the two continental plates press together horizontally, the crust piles up.
"The earth is divided into continental plates and these plates move.
The mega-city of Tokyo sits on the intersection of three continental plates - the Eurasian, Pacific and Philippine Sea plates - which are slowly grinding against each other, building up enormous seismic pressure.
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.
The final section covers metasomatism at the edges of the continental plates. The articles are all carefully documented and intended for professionals in the field.
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.Last month, the Russian Navy announced it was boosting its combat presence in the Arctic, including near the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, amid increased international interest in the region.Russia caused a storm of protest last year by planting a Russian flag on the ocean floor beneath the North Pole in a bid to boost its claim to the region's mineral reserves.In response, Canada sent a military mission into the Arctic Ocean days later.
After Earth formed about 4.5 billion years ago, its cooling surface eventually developed continental plates and ocean basins that move as they do today.
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.
In the fourth type, called collision, two continental plates crash into each other, forming high mountains.
The route runs close to the 9000 year-old lava fields of Pingvallahraun and into the 10-mile long rift valley where the North American and Eurasian continental plates are physically tearing apart.
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.
According to the US Geological Survey, computer models by Richard Gross (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) indicate that the quake shifted the continental plates enough to speed up the planet's spin (through the conservation of angular momentum) by some 0.0000027 second per day.
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