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Earth's Tectonic Plates

Earth's Tectonic Plates  Geography STEM Visual Arts

Since the 1960s, scientists theorize that the planet Earth has a series of "tectonic plates."  The USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) tells us more about this image, depicting the locations of those plates:

The layer of the Earth we live on is broken into a dozen or so rigid slabs (called tectonic plates by geologists) that are moving relative to one another.

It is the movement of these plates which causes seismic events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.


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Image online, courtesy USGS.

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