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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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They used models of tectonic plates and their movement to make their findings and found that, according to their paper in the journal ( Earth and Planetary Science Letters , the speed at which those plates were crashing into one another was directly linked to how frequent and how powerful the resulting earthquakes were.
But three to four billion years ago, Earth's interior was hotter, volcanic activity was more prominent and tectonic plates did not become cold and dense enough to spontaneously sank.
In a study published online Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers explained that the volcanoes formed along the sub-parallel tracks when the Pacific tectonic plate changed direction about three million years ago.
They further suggest that Europa's entire surface is broken into a network of rigid segments analogous to Earth's tectonic plates.
6, reveal several factors that help account for this unexpectedly violent slip between the two tectonic plates.
This 1,300 kilometer (800 mile)-long gash separates two tectonic plates, or giant slabs of rock that make up the outer layer of Earth.
A fault is a long, deep break in Earth's crust between two tectonic plates (see Geoskills, p.
Professor Wouter Schellart from Monash University said earthquakes usually happen at the ends of tectonic plates when they rub together.
Boundaries between tectonic plates may make ideal diamond nurseries, according to an experiment that mimics conditions deep in the Earth.
Washington, July 5 (ANI): A new study has revealed the past position of the Australian, Antarctic and Indian tectonic plates, demonstrating how they formed the supercontinent Gondwana 165 million years ago.
Mauritius is part of a volcanic chain that, strangely, exists far from the edges of its tectonic plate. In contrast, most volcanoes are found at the borders of the tectonic plates that make up the surface of the Earth.
The motion of tectonic plates pushed this peak to lofty heights.
This outer layer of the planet is composed of a jigsaw puzzle of rocky slabs called tectonic plates (see map, below).
Our Earth, as you know, is made up of tectonic plates which connect with each other like giant jigsaw puzzles.
Two giant earthquakes in the eastern Indian Ocean have shown geologists that breaking up is easy to do--for tectonic plates, that is.