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Plate Tectonic

lesson of plate tectonics

TermDefinition
plate tectonic a theory explaining the structure of the earth's crust and many associated phenomena as resulting from the interaction of rigid lithospheric plates that move slowly over the underlying mantle.
lithosphere the rigid outer part of the earth, consisting of the crust and upper mantle.
convergent boundary In plate tectonics, a convergent boundary, also known as a destructive plate boundary (because of subduction), is an actively deforming region where two (or more) tectonic plates or fragments of the lithosphere move toward one another and collide.
divergent boundary A tectonic boundary where two plates are moving away from each other and new crust is forming from magma that rises to the Earth's surface between the two plates.
transform fault a strike-slip fault occurring at the boundary between two plates of the earth's crust.
Created by: hvanlishout