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Characteristics, Tectonic Processes, and Examples of Plate Boundaries
Plate
Plate Movement
Crust Type(s)
Sea Floor
Tectonic
Geographic
Boundary
Created or Destroyed?
Processes
Examples
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Divergent
Apart
Ocean-Ocean
New Sea Floor Created
Sea Floor Spreading
Mid-Atlantic Ridge
East Pacific Rise
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Continent-Continent
As continent splits apart,
Continental Rifting
East Africa Rift Valley
new sea floor created
Red Sea
Gulf of California
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Convergent
Together
Ocean-Continent
Old sea floor destroyed
Subduction
Andes Mts.
Cascade Mts.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ocean-Ocean
Old sea floor destroyed
Subduction
Aleutian Islands
Mariana Islands
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Continent-Continent
N/A
Collision
Himalaya Mts.
Alps
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Transform
Past Each Other
Oceanic
Sea floor neither created
Transform Faulting Mendocino Fault
nor destroyed
Eltanin Fault
(bet. mid-ocean ridges)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Continental
Sea floor neither created
Transform Fault
San Andreas Fault
nor destroyed
Alpine Fault
(New Zealand)
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