tectonic plate


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tectonic plate

n. Geology
In the theory of plate tectonics, one of the sections of the earth's lithosphere, constantly moving in relation to the other sections.
Translations
mannerlaatta
地殻プレート
placa tectónica
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The team calculated the data while keeping in mind other factors such as tectonic plate movement and corrected the data to study height increase solely due to water loss from rocks.
A volcano forms on a tectonic plate above a mantle plume.
The team was working to better understand what happens at a tectonic plate boundary in the build-up to a large earthquake.
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The quake ocurred at the boundary between the Antarctic tectonic plate and the Scotia Sea plate, said geophysicist Randy Baldwin at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado.
The reason is that the Iranian government is not open about its nuclear programme and the country sits on the boundaries of more than one tectonic plate.
Then there is the tectonic plate stuff - the deep movements that are rarely noticed but have the most fundamental effects.
The horizontal component for an individual tectonic plate can be described by the rotation vector c :
During the five-week expedition they will use explorer robots to map individual volcanoes on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge tectonic plate boundary.