plate tectonics


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plate tectonics

the study of the movement of the large crustal plates that form the surface of the earth on the continental land masses and beneath the seas. see CONTINENTAL DRIFT.
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It's fascinating to think that we might have plate tectonics somewhere other than Earth," researcher Brandon Johnson said in the Brown statement.
Some scientists think Venus, currently a stagnant planet, could hypothetically one day have plate tectonics under the right conditions.
The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic" is the first volume of an exciting educational comic about the workings of plate tectonics, using the new superhero Geo (and his metallic dog, Rocky) to surf the young earth in a prehistoric era 200 million years ago when Pangea (all continents of the earth in one piece) were breaking up.
Earth is the only planet in our solar system where the process of plate tectonics occurs," said Professor Patrice Rey, from the University of Sydney's School of Geosciences.
At that point the surface solidified enough to switch to a plate tectonics mechanism, leading to a less intensely volcanic world.
FROM A DISTANCE n Many of the Earth's impact craters have been erased by plate tectonics
The theory of plate tectonics states that Earth's outermost layer is broken into large pieces called plates.
The process of plate tectonics and prior explanations of the dynamic nature of the earth is followed by explanations of volcanism and seismology.
She covers from plate tectonics to plumes and back again, vertical motions, volcanism, time progressions and the relative fixity of melting anomalies, seismology, temperature and heat, petrology and geochemistry, and synthesis.
Plate tectonics describes almost everything about how the Earth's surface moves and deforms, but it's remarkably simple in a mathematical way.
After studying plate tectonics pupils at PCMS were well aware of the causes of earthquakes but the pictures on television showed the effects.