Global tectonics, Indian Ocean

Global tectonics, Indian Ocean

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Caption: Global tectonics, Indian Ocean. Satellite-based model of an Earth globe showing the tectonic plates in the Indian Ocean. Seven primary tectonic plates make up the Earth's crust. Plates shown here include the African Plate, the Indian Plate, the Antarctic Plate and the Eurasian Plate. Phenomena observed at the plate boundaries (shown in C029/6271) include earthquakes, volcanic activity, mountain-building, and oceanic trench formation. The movement of the tectonic plates over the millions of years of geologic time drives the creation, destruction and drifting of the continents. The movement of the tectonic plates is thought to be driven by convection currents in the underlying mantle.

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