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5.7: Earth's Tectonic Plates

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convergent plate boundary

convergent plate boundary

A location where two lithospheric plates come together.
divergent plate boundary

divergent plate boundary

A location where two lithospheric plates spread apart.
epicenter

epicenter

The point on the Earth's surface directly above the focus of the earthquake.
plate

plate

A slab of Earth's lithosphere that can move around on the planet's surface.
plate boundary

plate boundary

A location where two plates come together.
transform plate boundary

transform plate boundary

The type of plate boundary where two plates slide past one another.

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