By evaluating weak waves that were scattered at the lower edge of the continental plate
, this edge was made visible in detail.
For this reason, considerable strain may be building by forcing the buoyant oceanic plate to squeeze under the continental plate
. On the other hand, if the plate is warm enough, then the rocks at the interface may be more malleable than brittle, enabling the plates to slide without locking together.
Laurentia was crashing into oceanic plate Iapetus.
On Costa Rica's Pacific shore, the oceanic plates--those beneath the ocean--curve and descend beneath the continental plate
on which the country rests.
Oregon State University re-searchers announced Monday that they've solved at least part of the quake swarm mystery: There are fault lines in the Juan de Fuca plate - which meets the North American or continental plate
at the Cascadia Subduction Zone - that no one knew existed.
The mountain was formed when a continental plate
from Africa shifted north to Europe and could be called one of Switzerland's oldest immigrants.
, both ecclesiastical and secular, can be found in many parish churches and is often the gift of clergy and wealthy families acquired when travelling abroad.
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.