Plate Boundaries By jacob kamla

Convergent Plate Boundary

Convergent plate boundaries form when two plates collide, and through subduction, the less buoyant plate sinks into the mantle and is obliterated. This type of action causes compressional stress, pushing rocks together. This creates mountain ranges such as the Himalayas.

Mount Everest
Southern Alps
The Andes

Divergent Plate Boundary

Divergent plate boundaries form when two plates rift apart. This type of action spawns tensional stress, tearing rocks apart. This creates mid-ocean ridges such as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and rift valleys such as the Great Rift Valley.

Great Rift Valley
├×ingvellir National Park
Rift valley near Ecuador

Transform Plate Bounday

Transform plate boundaries form when two plates slide on each other. This form of movement creates shear stress, distorting rocks side to side. The San Andreas fault is one such example of a transform plate boundary. Such faults are prone to earthquakes. WHY DO WE BUILD CITIES ON FAULT LINES? IT'S YOUR "FAULT!"

San Andreas Fault
Alpine Fault
North Anatolian Fault



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