MIKKEL JUUL JENSEN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MIKKEL JUUL JENSEN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Effect of sea level on tectonic plates. Illustration showing a subduction zone between two tectonic plates. An oceanic plate (right) is descending beneath a continental plate (left). Subductions zones have a high rate of volcanic and earthquake activity. If there is an increase in pressure on the subduction zone, for example caused by a rise in sea level above it, the subduction process is accelerated and volcanic and earthquake activity can become more frequent and more violent.
Model release not required. Property release not required.