What occurs when two continental plates meet?
Continental plates are too buoyant to subduct, so when two continent collide the crust has nowhere to go but up! Continent-continent convergence creates some of the world’s largest mountains ranges. Magma cannot penetrate this thick crust, so there are no volcanoes, although the magma stays in the crust. Metamorphic rocks are common because of the stress the continental crust experiences. With enormous slabs of crust smashing together, continent-continent collisions bring on numerous and large earthquakes.