continental plate


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continental plate

[¦känt·ən¦ent·əl ′plāt]
(geology)
Thick continental crust.
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This churn moves the continental plates above, similar to the way a raft of froth gets pushed around the surface of a simmering pot of soup.
The Menai Strait separates the former continental plate, of which Snowdon is part, from the Oceanic part which Anglesey is part of.
I don't see a period in the history of Earth, during which these two continental plates were connected," he said.
When a tectonic plate made of ocean crust and one formed of relatively light continental rocks collide, the continental plate typically overrides the oceanic plate, forcing it back down into Earth's mantle.
The relative motions between adjacent plates give rise to earthquakes along the plate boundaries that include spreading oceanic ridges, converging subduction zones, collisional continental plate boundaries, and transform faults along which they shear past each other (Bird, 2003; Turcotte and Schubert, 2002; Cediel et al.
Deep beneath the ocean surface 300 miles west, a planetary spasm sent one continental plate crashing into another.
Due to collisions between ocean plates and the continental plate, these islands are moving up by 2-3 cm/year.
These volcanoes are often fed with magma that mixes with continental plate material, which holds loads of silica.
It may look all right with the small features of a continental plate but with Britain's bold registration characters, it sticks out like a sore thumb on the nearside valance.
DSDP investigations demonstrated that oceanic plate sediments progressively adhere to the leading edge of the overriding continental plate, forming an "accretionary prism.
This belt of volcanics and intrusives possibly contains remnants of an island arc system that was accreted onto the Australian continental plate during the Oligocene.
The quakes originated from the Cascadia Subduction Zone, 30 miles southwest of Newport, the meeting point of two large tectonic plates known as the San Juan de Fuca plate and the continental plate.