convergent plate boundary


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con·ver·gent plate boundary

(kən-vûr′jənt)
A tectonic boundary where two plates are moving toward each other. If the two plates are of equal density, they usually push up against each other to form a mountain chain. If they are of unequal density, one plate usually sinks (subducts) beneath the other. Also called collision zone. See more at tectonic boundary. Compare divergent plate boundary.
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Taiwan sits just aside a convergent plate boundary where two tectonic plates continuously push against one another.
This highly active convergent plate boundary extends along both sides the Philippine Islands, from Luzon in the north to the Celebes Islands in the south.
'The fault on a convergent plate boundary experiences more or less constant strain and stress build up,' said lead author of the paper Chiching Liu from the Institute for Earth Sciences, Taiwan.

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