Accretionary Prism, Illustration

Accretionary Prism, Illustration

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Credit: Gwen Shockey/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Illustration showing the formation of an accretionary prism. Comprised of marine sediments scraped off from the downgoing slab of oceanic crust or erosional products of volcanic island arcs that are accreted onto the non-subducting tectonic plate at a convergent plate boundary.

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Keywords: accretionary prism, accretionary wedge, active faults, artwork, asthenosphere, continental cruse, convergent plate boundary, diagram, earth geology, erosion, geological, illustration, lithosphere, magmatic activity, marine sediments, oceanic crust, rift valley, rising mantle, tectonic plate

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