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The Caribbean plate

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The Caribbean plate
definitions
Tectonic Plates: The theory that the surface is made up of large sections that move slowly.
Convergent Boundary: Two tectonic plates that move toward each other.
Divergent Boundary: Two tectonic plates are moving away from each other.
Transform Boundary: Two tectonic plate that slide against each other.

Impact of activity
lots of seismic activity like earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcano's.
Fun Facts
1.) The Caribbean plate area contains seventeen active, and extremely dangerous, volcanoes. Two of them are the notorious volcanoes Soufriere Hills, on Montserrat, and Mount Pelee on Martinique.
2.) The southernmost border interacts with the South American Plate in such a way that the petroleum fields of Venezuela are thought to be the result of some sort of interaction betwixt the two plates.
3.) Between the North American and the Caribbean Plate lies the Puerto Rico trench. Said trench is 8,400 meters deep.
4.) The Caribbean Plate is roughly 1.2 million square miles in size.
5.) One recent theory of how this plate was formed is that it was formed on a hotspot in the atlantic that no longer exists.

Pictures
El Salvador Volcano that exists due to the subduction zone that created the Central America Volcanic Arc


(graphic of puerto rico trench depth)
The trench is a transition from a subduction boundary to the south and the transform boundary to the west
(puerto rico trench)
Lesser antilles subduction zone
Group of volcanos called the Central America Volcanic arc formed due to the coscos plate subducting under the caribbean plate.

Due to Haiti's location, There are many earthquakes around it.
Works cited
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Z_VDG_zmNnY/Ti-6vBssyNI/AAAAAAAAB5k/tWpNXhLcCx4/s1600/Bermuda.png
http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/
http://www.sciencephoto.com/static/slides/2529/567x318/c0151000.jpg
http://vortex.accuweather.com/adc2004/pub/includes/columns/andrews/2012/400x266_12271510_screen-shot-2012-12-27-at-10.11.56-am.png
http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/oldroot/volcanoes/santaana/santa1.jpg
Jacob N, Ryan W, Harrison M
Justis M, Alec C
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