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What happens when two tectonic plates meet?

 
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Plate Margins Map
 
Constructive Plate Margin
Destructive Plate Margin
   
Conservative Plate Margin
 

Task One

Draw a diagrams for each of the plate boundaries based upon those above.

  1. Label 'plate' and 'mantle' onto each of the diagrams.
  2. Label the following onto the correct diagrams:
  • Plates get locked together and pressure builds up.
  • Example: Mid Atlantic Ridge.
  • Example: When the Indian plate hit the Eurasian plate and formed the Himalayan mountains.
  • New plate being made.
  • No volcanoes.
  • Generally explosive volcanic eruptions.
  • Plate being forced into the mantle.
  • Magma rising to form volcanoes.
  • Deep earthquakes.
  • Example: When the Nazca plate meets the South American plate to form the Andes Mountains.
  • No volcanoes.
  • Generally gentle volcanic eruptions.
  • Lots of earthquakes.
  • Example: The San Andreas Fault, near San Francisco, USA.
  • One plate is denser than the other so sinks.
  • Shallow earthquakes.
  • Plates moving past each other.
  • Two plates collide with each other.
  • Mountains are formed.
  • Some earthquakes.
  • Plate melting.
  • Plate being pulled apart.
 
 
Geography Review
Homework

Review and Homework Task

 
Learn the name of the tectonic plates named on the map above. Test next lesson ...
 
Blank Plate Tectonics Map
 

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