World tectonic plates, global map

World tectonic plates, global map

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Caption: World tectonic plates. Global map of the Earth's fifteen tectonic plates, including continents (lighter areas), plate boundaries (lines), subduction zones (arrowed lines), and a colour key (bottom). The eight major plates are the: African Plate (light red), Antarctic Plate (turquiose), Indian Plate (pink), Australian Plate (dark pink), Eurasian Plate (yellow), North American Plate (dark red), South American Plate (orange), and Pacific Plate (light blue). The seven minor plates are the: Arabian Plate (beige, right of centre), Caribbean Plate (light pink, centre left), Juan de Fuca Plate (red, upper left), Cocos Plate (light purple, centre left), Nazca Plate (darker blue, lower left), Philippine Sea Plate (yellow, far right), and Scotia Plate (purple, lower left).

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