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When plates move past each other

When Plates Move Past Each Other AMNH/R.Mickens

Exhibition Text

When oceanic or continental plates slide past each other in opposite directions, or move in the same direction but at different speeds, a transform fault boundary is formed. No new crust is created or subducted, and no volcanoes form, but earthquakes occur along the fault. The transform fault boundaries connect spreading centers and subduction zones, which are the other elements of the jigsaw puzzle of the Earth’s plates.

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Plate Tectonics

Keywords: Subduction zones, Earthquakes, Plate tectonics, Faults (Geology)

Audience: General