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ARABIAN PLATE
ACADIAN OROGENY
AFRICAN PLATE
ALEUTIAN TRENCH
ALFRED WEGENER
ALLEGHENIAN OROGENY
ALPINE FAULT
AMURIAN PLATE
ANATOLIAN PLATE
ANTARCTICA
ANTARCTIC PLATE
ANTLER OROGENY
ARABIAN-NUBIAN SHIELD
ASIA
ASTHENOSPHERE
ATLANTIS MASSIF
AULACOGEN
BALTICA
BENIOFF ZONE
BOUNDARIES
BURMA PLATE
CALEDONIAN OROGENY
CARIBBEAN PLATE
CASCADIA SUBDUCTION ZONE
CAYMAN TROUGH
CIMMERIAN PLATE
COCOS PLATE
CONTINENT
CONTINENTAL COLLISION
CONTINENTAL CRUST
CONTINENTAL DRIFT
CONTINENTS
CONVERGENT BOUNDARY
CRATON
CRATONS
DECCAN TRAPS
DEEP FOCUS EARTHQUAKE
DIVERGENT BOUNDARIES
DIVERGENT BOUNDARY
DUNITE
EAST PACIFIC RISE
EASTERLY SIDE
EURASIA
EURASIAN PLATE
EXPLORER PLATE
FARALLON PLATE
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Arabian Plate

  1. The Arabian Plate is a largely continental tectonic plate covering the Arabian peninsula and extending northward to Turkey.
  2. The Arabian Plate was part of the African plate in almost much of the Phanerozoic Eon ( Paleozoic - Cenozoic), until the Oligocene Epoch of the Cenozoic Era.
  3. The Arabian Plate is a continental tectonic plate covering the Arabian peninsula and extending northward to Turkey .
  4. The Arabian plate is also an important plate to study as its movement helps students visualize the different types of earthquakes that can occur.
  5. The Arabian Plate was part of the African plate during much of the Phanerozoic Eon ( Paleozoic - Cenozoic), until the Oligocene Epoch of the Cenozoic Era.

Acadian Orogeny

  1. The Acadian Orogeny is a salient geologic feature of Euramerica during the Devonian.
  2. The Acadian orogeny is a middle Paleozoic deformation, especially in the northern Appalachians , between New York and Newfoundland .
  3. The Acadian orogeny is a middle Paleozoic deformation, especially in the northern Appalachians, between Alabama and Newfoundland.

African Plate

  1. African Plate is a tectonic plate covering the continent of Africa and extending westward to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
  2. The African Plate is a continental tectonic plate covering the continent of Africa and extending westward to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
  3. The African Plate is a tectonic plate A tectonic plate is a piece of the Earth's crust (or lithosphere).
  4. The African Plate is a tectonic plate covering the continent of Africa and extending westward to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge .

Aleutian Trench

  1. The Aleutian Trench is an oceanic trench in the Earth's crust.
  2. The Aleutian Trench is the result of the Pacific Plate subducting, or sinking beneath, the North American and Eurasian Plate.

Alfred Wegener

  1. Alfred Wegener was a German geologist, meteorologist and explorer.
  2. Alfred Wegener was almost immediately recognized as the principal founding father of one of the great scientific revolutions of the 20th century.
  3. Alfred Wegener was considered crazy when he first proposed the theory of continental drift.
  4. Alfred Wegener was one of those people.
  5. Alfred Wegener was primarily a meteorologist who became much more famous for proposing the idea of continental drift.

Alleghenian Orogeny

  1. For more information on Alleghenian orogeny, visit Britannica.com.
  2. Wikipedia: Alleghenian orogeny The Appalachian Orogeny, a result of three separate continental collisions.

Alpine Fault

  1. Alpine Fault - a right-lateral strike-slip fault, that runs almost the entire length of New Zealand's South Island.
  2. Alpine Fault is a geological fault, known as a right-lateral strike-slip fault, that runs almost the entire length of New Zealand's South Island.
  3. The Alpine Fault is a geological fault, known as a right-lateral strike-slip fault, that runs almost the entire length of New Zealand 's South Island.
  4. The Alpine Fault is a major fault that runs along the foothills of the Southern Alps and extends for over 400 km from Fiordland to Marlborough.
  5. The Alpine Fault is the dominant structure defining the Australian-Pacific plate boundary in the South Island of New Zealand.

Amurian Plate

  1. Lake Baikal is considered a boundary between the Amurian Plate and the Eurasian Plate.
  2. We will also consider the possible influence of an independent Amurian plate that may also affect the determination of Okhotsk plate existence and motion.

Anatolian Plate

  1. The Anatolian Plate is a continental tectonic plate consisting primarily of the country of Turkey .
  2. The Anatolian Plate is a continential tectonic plate consisting primarily of the country of Turkey .

Antarctica

  1. Antarctica is the fifth largest of the seven continents on earth,.
  2. Antarctica is the largest plate.

Antarctic Plate

  1. The Antarctic Plate is a continental tectonic plate covering the continent of Antarctica and extending outward under the surrounding oceans .
  2. Antarctic Plate is a tectonic plate covering the continent of Antarctica and extending outward under the surrounding oceans.
  3. The Antarctic Plate is a tectonic plate covering the continent of Antarctica and extending outward under the surrounding oceans .

Antler Orogeny

  1. The Antler orogeny is a mountain-building episode that is named for Antler Peak, at Battle Mountain, Nevada .
  2. The Antler orogeny is a textbook example of a Paleozoic mountain building and crustal shortening event in western North America.
  3. The Antler orogeny was first defined by the American geologist Ralph J. Roberts.

Arabian-Nubian Shield

  1. The Arabian-Nubian Shield is the northern half of a great collision zone called the East African Orogen.

Asia

  1. Asia is the largest continent in both size and population.
  2. Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent.

Asthenosphere

  1. Asthenosphere - A zone in the upper mantle of the Earth, consisting of hot, plastic rock, that underlies the stronger lithosphere.
  2. Asthenosphere - The relative fluidity of the asthenosphere allows the tectonic plates to undergo motion in different directions.
  3. Asthenosphere is a "weak" region beneath the lithosphere.
  4. Asthenosphere is a partially molten part of the mantle, below the lithosphere.
  5. Asthenosphere is a partially molten part of the mantle.

Atlantis Massif

  1. The Atlantis Massif is a prominent undersea massif, a dome-shaped region approximately 10 mi.
  2. Atlantis Massif is a domal sea floor mountain with nearly over 4000 meters of vertical relief (that's about 1.5 Pikes Peaks).
  3. I visited Atlantis Massif in fall of 2004 on a cruise of the RV Atlantis.

Aulacogen

  1. The term "aulacogen" is derived from the Greek aulax (furrow) and was first applied as a geologic term by the Soviet geologist Nicholas Shatski in 1946.

Baltica

  1. Baltica is a Late Proterozoic -Early Palaeozoic continent that now includes the East European craton of northwestern Eurasia.
  2. Baltica is the craton beneath northwestern Eurasia.
  3. Baltica was created as an entity not earlier than 1.8 Ga.
  4. Baltica was created as an entity not earlier than 1.8 billion years ago.
  5. Baltica was part of the minor supercontinent Laurasia.

Benioff Zone

  1. Benioff zone: A dipping planar zone of earthquakes that is produced by the interaction of a downgoing oceanic crustal plate with a continental plate.
  2. The Benioff Zone is defined as the active seismic zone in a subduction zone.
  3. The Benioff zone is a zone associated with deep earthquake activity.

Boundaries

  1. Boundaries are adjacent areas where lithospheric plates meet.
  2. Boundaries are adjacent areas where plates meet.
  3. Boundaries were drawn at mid-oceanic ridges and subduction zones.
  4. The boundaries are also areas of heat flow where molten rocks comes up and forms volcanoes.
  5. The boundaries are in places where one plate is moving near another causing activity.

Burma Plate

  1. Burma Plate is a small tectonic plate or microplate located in Southeast Asia, often considered a part of the larger Eurasian Plate.
  2. The Burma Plate is a small tectonic plate located in Southeast Asia , often considered a part of the larger Eurasian Plate .
  3. The Burma Plate is a small tectonic plate or microplate located in Southeast Asia , often considered a part of the larger Eurasian Plate .

Caledonian Orogeny

  1. The Caledonian orogeny is a mountain building event recorded in the mountains and hills of northern England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and west Norway.
  2. The Caledonian orogeny is a mountain building event recorded in the mountains and hills of northern Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, and west Norway.
  3. The Caledonian orogeny was caused by the collision between Baltica and Greenland, which was attached to Canada at the time.

Caribbean Plate

  1. Caribbean Plate is a mostly oceanic tectonic plate underlying Central America and the Caribbean Sea off the north coast of South America.
  2. The Caribbean Plate is a mostly oceanic tectonic plate underlying Central America and the Caribbean Sea off the north coast of South America .
  3. The Caribbean Plate is an oceanic tectonic plate underlying Central America and the Caribbean Sea off the north coast of South America.

Cascadia Subduction Zone

  1. The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a very long sloping fault that stretches from mid-Vancouver Island to Northern California.
  2. The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a giant fault running off the coast of the Pacific Northwest .
  3. The Cascadia subduction zone is a region of enhanced seismic hazard.
  4. The Cascadia subduction zone is a region that has repeatedly ruptured in great thrust earthquakes of moment magnitude (Mw) greater than 8.
  5. The Cascadia subduction zone is a subduction zone, a type of convergent plate boundary that stretches from northern Vancouver Island to northern California.

Cayman Trough

  1. Scientists also study the Cayman Trough in the Caribbean and the Galapagos Rift off the coast of South America.
  2. If we rely only on the interpreted post-chron 6 (19 Ma) spreading history of the Cayman Trough by Rosencrantz et al.

Cimmerian Plate

  1. Cimmerian Plate is an ancient tectonic plate that comprises parts of present-day Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Tibet, Indochina and Malaya regions.
  2. The Cimmerian Plate is an ancient tectonic plate that comprises parts of present-day Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Tibet, Indochina and Malaya regions.
  3. The Cimmerian Plate is an ancient tectonic plate that comprises parts of present-day Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Tibet.
  4. The Cimmerian Plate was formerly part of the ancient supercontinent of Pangaea.
  5. The Cimmerian Plate was still traveling across the shrinking Paleo-Tethys, until the Middle Jurassic time.

Cocos Plate

  1. The Cocos Plate is an oceanic tectonic plate beneath the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of Central America, named for Cocos Island, which rides upon it.

Continent

  1. A Continent is a large landmass on earth.
  2. A continent is a large area of the land on Earth that is joined together.
  3. A continent is a large land mass and its surrounding shallow continental shelf .
  4. A continent is one of several large areas of land on Earth, which are identified by convention rather than any strict criteria.
  5. A continent is one of several large landmass es on Earth.

Continental Collision

  1. Continental Collision: The convergence of two continental plates, resulting in the formation of mountain ranges.
  2. Continental collision is a fascinating and complex process, especially because it creates mountains.
  3. Continental collision is a phenomenon of the Plate Tectonics of our solid Earth .
  4. Continental collision is a phenomenon of the plate tectonics of Earth .
  5. Continental collision is a phenomenon of the plate tectonics of Earth Earth, also known as the Earth or Terra, is the third planet outward from the Sun.

Continental Crust

  1. The continental crust is like the igneous rock granite, and the oceanic crust is like basalt, another igneous rock.

Continental Drift

  1. Continental Drift is a club night resident at the Bethnal Green Working Mens Club (view pictures!).
  2. Continental Drift was first proposed in 1912 by a German meteorologist, Alfred Wegener.
  3. Continental Drift: The movement of the continents over the earth's surface.
  4. Continental Drift: The theory, first advanced by Alfred Wegener, that Earth's continents were originally one land mass.
  5. Continental drift - The theory that the continents of the earth started as one land and drifted apart is one that was originally suggested by the Comte de.

Continents

  1. Continents are also sometimes subdivided into subcontinent s that are isolated by geological features.
  2. Continents are also sometimes subdivided into subcontinents that are isolated by geological features.
  3. Continents are built of blocks of crust varying in age, size, rock composition, structure, and fossil assemblage (fauna and flora).
  4. Continents are composed of felsic and intermediate igneous rocks, like granite and diorite, or their metamorphic equivalents, schist and gneiss.
  5. Continents are grey in color.

Convergent Boundary

  1. A convergent boundary is a place where the plates collide and push into one another.
  2. A convergent boundary is a boundary between two tectonic plates where both pieces of land move toward each other.
  3. A convergent boundary is a place where two tectonic plates move toward one another.
  4. Convergent boundary is a fault boundary defined in the specialty of Geology known as Plate techtonics .
  5. Convergent boundary is a fault boundary defined in the specialty of geology known as plate tectonics.

Craton

  1. A craton is a continent-sized "raft" of low density felsic rock (commonly granite) which has been purified by the earth and accumulated at the surface.
  2. A craton is an ancient core.
  3. Craton: A part of the earth's crust that has attained stability and has been little deformed for a prolonged period.

Cratons

  1. Cratons are considered to be the first continental crust, which is above continental lithosphere because it is lighter.

Deccan Traps

  1. The Deccan Traps are flood basalts similar to the Columbia River basalts of the northwestern United States.
  2. The Deccan Traps are one of the largest volcanic provinces in the world.
  3. The Deccan Traps is a large igneous province located in west-central India and is one of the largest volcanic features on Earth .
  4. The Deccan Traps is a large igneous province located on the Deccan Plateau of west-central India and is one of the largest volcanic features on Earth.

Deep Focus Earthquake

  1. A deep focus earthquake is an earthquake that occurs at depths of 600 to 700 km beneath the Earth s surface.

Divergent Boundaries

  1. Divergent boundaries are a type of stress called 'tension'.
  2. Divergent boundaries are areas under tension where plates are pushed apart by magma upwelling from the mantle.
  3. Divergent boundaries are areas where plates move away from each other, forming either mid-oceanic ridge s or rift valley s.
  4. Divergent boundaries are areas where plates move away from each other, forming either mid-oceanic ridges or rift valleys.
  5. Divergent boundaries are created when magma rises from the asthenosphere creating a rift.

Divergent Boundary

  1. A divergent boundary is a boundary where 2 plates are moving apart or diverging.
  2. A divergent boundary is a place where the tectonic plates are separating, and they pull the crust apart.
  3. A divergent boundary is a place where two tectonic plates are moving apart .
  4. Divergent Boundary - A divergent boundary can form within continental crust, driven by upwelling mantle beneath the continent.

Dunite

  1. Dunite is a mineral from deep in the Earth.
  2. Dunite is a plutonic igneous rock consisting almost entirely of olivine.
  3. Dunite is an igneous, plutonic rock, of ultramafic composition, with coarse grained or phaneritic texture.
  4. Dunite is the olivine rich endmember of the peridotite group of mantle derived rocks.
  5. Dunite is the olivine-rich end-member of the peridotite group of mantle-derived rocks.

East Pacific Rise

  1. The East Pacific Rise is a long north-south ridge made by the spreading seafloor that roughly parallels the Pacific coast of South America.
  2. The East Pacific Rise is a long north-south welt of sea floor spreading that roughly parallels the Pacific coast of South America.
  3. The East Pacific Rise is a long north-south welt of seafloor spreading that roughly parallels the Pacific coast of South America.
  4. The East Pacific Rise is a mid-ocean ridge that runs from the Gulf of California to South of Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean (see map, left).
  5. The East Pacific Rise is a ridge along the ocean floor where the sea floor is spreading .

Easterly Side

  1. The easterly side is a boundary with the Arabian Plate .
  2. The easterly side is a boundary with the North American Plate .
  3. The easterly side is a convergent boundary subducting under the North American Plate in northern California.
  4. The easterly side is a convergent boundary subducting under the South American Plate.
  5. The easterly side is a convergent boundary with the subducting Pacific Plate at the Mariana Trench.

Eurasia

  1. Eurasia is an immense landmass covering about 53,990,000 km- (or about 10.6%) of the Earth's surface.
  2. Eurasia is the landmass composed of Europe and Asia.

Eurasian Plate

  1. The Eurasian Plate is a continental tectonic plate covering the continent of Europe and central Asia and extending westward to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
  2. The Eurasian Plate is a tectonic plate A tectonic plate is a piece of the Earth's crust (or lithosphere).

Explorer Plate

  1. The Explorer Plate is one of the northern remnants of the Farallon Plate.
  2. The Explorer Plate is an oceanic tectonic plate beneath the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of Vancouver Island , Canada .

Farallon Plate

  1. The Farallon plate was generated at a oceanic ridge in the Pacific Ocean and consumed at the trench adjacent to the West Coast.
  2. The Farallon Plate is an ancient tectonic plate which began subducting as Pangaea broke apart during the Jurassic period.
  3. The Farallon Plate was an ancient tectonic plate, which began subducting as Pangaea broke apart during the Jurassic period.
  4. The Farallon plate was an enormous oceanic plate located west of the Americas during the Cenozoic and Mesozoic eras.

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