tectonic plate


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tectonic plate

[tek′tän·ik ′plāt]
(geology)
Any one of the internally rigid crustal blocks of the lithosphere which move horizontally across the earth's surface relative to one another. Also known as crustal plate.
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The tectonic plate motion determined from adjusted global rotation vectors of the plates is consistent with the geophysical model NNR-NUVEL-1A.
The Northeast Pacific Time-Series Undersea Networked Experiments (NEPTUNE) Program is an ambitious plan to wire an entire tectonic plate off the Pacific Northwest with sensors delivering real-time data from above and below the sea floor.
Tectonic plates will shift again, here and elsewhere, on our flawed planet, without discriminating between nationalities.
For starters, neither Venus nor Mars shows evidence of tectonic plate motion, nor does either have a satellite comparable to ours.
Italy's recent earthquake brought to light the need for more research into predicting tectonic plate movement, the primary cause of earthquakes.
The scientists on this study used computer models to figure out whether the moon's structure would allow for tectonic plate movement like that and whether subduction can occur on the ice-covered moon.
For about 50 million years, the Indian tectonic plate has been slipping under the Eurasian Plate at a rate of about 15 to 20 millimeters each year.
Northern Oman is in geographical proximity to the zone where events of greater seismic intensity cannot be ruled out because of the Arabian-Eurasian tectonic plate boundary which runs parallel to the Northwestern coast of Oman close to the Gulf of Oman.
Raef said that major earthquakes take place with much higher probabilities in time and space and in the vicinity of tectonic plate boundaries than in intra-plate settings.
During the five-week expedition, they will use the explorer robots to map individual volcanoes on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge tectonic plate boundary - which effectively runs down the centre of the Atlantic Ocean - almost two miles below the surface of the sea.
The most of station velocities are accommodated by the tectonic plate motions.
Looking south, the purple area in the main image shows where the Indian tectonic plate is pushing into, and moving under, the Burma plate.