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What happens when two tectonic plates meet?

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Geography Activities


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.
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Review and Homework Task

Learn the name of the tectonic plates named on the map above. Test next lesson ...
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