continental plate


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continental plate

[¦känt·ən¦ent·əl ′plāt]
(geology)
Thick continental crust.
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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.
In the third type, called subduction, a denser oceanic plate descends beneath a lighter continental plate along a trench.
Deep beneath the ocean surface 300 miles west, a planetary spasm sent one continental plate crashing into another.
50 Ma), the Indian continental plate and the Tethyan oceanic plate, with several micro-plates or blocks, converged and collided with the Eurasian continent respectively, as a result of the gradual northward drift of the Indian plate.
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.
At one time, it was simply thought that all the geologic ups and downs resulted from natural tensions along the edge of a continental plate.
Pakistan and the region, along an active continental plate boundary, is often hit by earthquakes.
The ex-politician began exploring the Finnish side of what is known as a craton - a large section of continental plate - after Russians discovered one of the world's biggest diamond mines on their side of the same rock formation.
A continental plate boundary; tectonics at South Island, New Zealand.