Thursday, 9 June 2016

Have you ever wondered what tectonic plates do? Well tectonic plates are what form the earth's crust that we live on.

There are 15 major plates on the world that can be up to 200 km thick and span thousands of kilometres. There are also some minor plates with a thickness of approximately 15km. Some plates edges can be straight through the middle of countries. Such as in New Zealand the edge of the Australian plate and Pacific plate straight through the middle of the north Island.

There are many different ways for the plates to collide. There are  three main ways they collide causing Friction, friction is what creates pressure and all the drama.The  friction is what creates magma.  The three ways they rub are over and under side to side like when strike a match and colliding like a head on car crash.


The different ways the tectonic plates rub can result in different phenomenon. Some result in forming big hills (volcanoes and mountains) most cause a tsunami, volcanoes erupting and earthquakes.

Tectonic plates are very important and are critical; at any moment the could rub and do some damage.


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