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Plates and Boundaries

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Jerry Wilson

on 4 February 2013

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Transcript of Plates and Boundaries

The lithosphere is broken into several large slabs called crustal plates. The plates can carry ocean floor or continents as they float around on the asthenosphere below. Where two plates come together is called a plate boundary and there are three types. Mid-Atlantic Ridge San Andreas Fault Andes Mountains in S. America Divergent plate boundaries are where plates spread apart. Magma from below oozes up to fill the gap and creates an underwater mountain range. Convergent plate boundaries are where two plates collide. If an ocean plate and a continental plate collides, the ocean plate slides under the continental plate. This is called subduction. A transform plate boundary is where plates slide past each other, creating a fault. Earthquakes happen along fault lines. When two continental plates collide, a large mountain range is formed. Crustal Plates and Plate Boundaries On a sheet of paper, write a 35 - 50 word summary of this plate tectonics presentation. Within your summary, you must use the following terms:
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