Pitman, Walter C., III Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, New York.
von Huene, Roland Geomar Research Center for Marine Geosciences, Kiel, Germany.
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- Theory and Evidence
- Plate motion and boundaries
- Divergent plate margins
- Convergent (destructive) plate margins
- Transform plate margins
- Triple junctions
- Hot spots and mantle plumes
- Related Primary Literature
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The theory explaining the movement across the Earth's surface of the rigid plates that make up the Earth's lithosphere. Numerous other geological phenomena such as lateral variations in surface heat flow, the physiography and geology of ocean basins, and various associations of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks can also be logically related by plate tectonics theory (Fig. 1).
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