Plate Boundaries

Divergent Boundary

Has Tension stress and when the plates move, for both oceanic and continental, they move in the opposite direction of the other plate. <- ->

You can first see a Oceanic boundary where high ridges, tall mountains, and mid-ocean ridges form.


Continental, Divergent boundary split the Earth's crust and Tension stress create faults and large blocks of crust that move down creating valleys in between two ridges.

This is the East African Rift, a perfect example of a continental-continental Divergent Boundary.

A closer look at the rift. The spreading process of this rift has torn Saudi Arabia away from the continent, Africa, which caused for the Red Sea to form

Convergent Boundary

Compression stress

Convergent boundary does the opposite of divergent the plates move toward each other. -> <-

Here you see a continental boundary which forms tall mountains.

This is the oceanic convergent boundary where the plates collide and one plate can go under the other plate this is called subduction. Thanks to subduction we have many volcanic mountains and islands that form because of subduction.

You can find examples of this in the Peru-chile trench.

Transform Plate Boundary

When plates move horizontally pass one and other.

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