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What is it called when two tectonic plates rub against each other in opposite directions?

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Amla Amelia

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Answered Jan 05, 2021

You would call this a convergent place boundary. What will happen is that one of the plates will go beyond the other. This process is also known as “subduction.” Remember that the impact of this is that one of the edges will probably buckle up. There are also times when both edges will buckle up.

Do remember that there are different movements that the tectonic plates may do but this will happen regularly if the earth’s core continues to be hot. The different factors aside from the heat of the earth’s core will cause the tectonic plates to move around. Usually, when a convergent place boundary happens near the volcano, it can cause the magma to shoot up.

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L. Agate

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Answered Jan 05, 2021

The answer to the question is to transform fault boundary. The transform fault boundaries are when there is a fault along a plate boundary where the motion in existence is predominately horizontal.

The transform fault is distinguished from the typical strike-slip faults; this occurs because the sense of movement is in the opposite direction; it is a special case of a strike-slip fault that also forms a plate boundary. A strike-slip fault is a simple offset.

A transform fault is mostly confused with trans current faults because they are both types of strike-slip or side fault in movement. The transform fault ends at a junction with another plate boundary while the transcurrent faults dies before creating a junction with another fault.

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Answered Jan 03, 2021

The correct answer to this question is to transform the fault boundary. This occurrence is related to geography and oceanography. It is important for a person studying these subjects to understand transform fault boundaries so they can properly identify and explain them. The action that occurs was identified in the 1960s by W. Jason Morgan, who was a geologist.

He was one of many people who were at the forefront of ideas presented about plate tectonics. At the same time as Morgan's discoveries, J. Tuzo Wilson, who was a Canadian geologist, came forth with ideas about how transform faults were seismic and how the motions were spread between different centers.

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Answered Dec 23, 2020

When oceanic or continental plates slip past each other in contrasting directions or shift in the same direction, but at distinct speeds, a transform fault boundary is established. No new crust is produced or subducted, and no volcanoes form, but earthquakes occur along the fault.

The transform fault boundaries link spreading centers and subduction zones, which are the other aspects that comprise the earth’s plates. Continental plates usually do not subduct underneath oceanic plates because of how thick and resilient they are.

Instead, continental plates typically bend, crack, and crumple, creating folds: thick creases and mountain ranges like the Andes, Swiss Alps, and the Himalayas. Rocks stuck within the collision zone change because of the intense heat and squeezing. Continental plates have greater density, sometimes reaching lower than the mantle.

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Answered Dec 23, 2020

This is called a “Transform Fault Boundary.” Take note that the motion on this plate is horizontal. The motion will end once it is able to connect to another plate boundary. One of the most famous examples of this is the San Andreas Fault.

The main cause of the Transform Fault Boundary is the plates will constantly rub against each other. The constant movement will cause some parts of the rocks to break down which may eventually lead to earthquakes. The more parts of the rocks to break down, the higher the chances that the earthquake will be stronger.

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F. Daniel

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Answered Dec 22, 2020

When there are two tectonic plates that rub against each other, you would call this a convergent plane boundary. When this happens, one of the tectonic plates will go underneath. You will call this process subduction. It can be the opposite when there are two tectonic plates that will move away from each other.

This will be a process called a divergent plate boundary. Tectonic plates normally move because of the heat coming from the earth’s core. The movement will just depend on different factors, which is why the plates can move towards or away from each other. This is a continuous cycle, too which means that the movement will continue as long as the earth’s core will remain the same.

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J. Alfie, Content Writer, Masters in Literature, Dallas,Texas

Answered Dec 22, 2020

When two tectonic plates rub against each other in opposite directions, what is formed is known as a transform fault boundary. This action can also form a transform fault boundary even if the two tectonic plates are moving in the same direction.

When a transform fault boundary is formed, it doesn't cause new volcanoes to form. Also, it does not cause new crusts to subduct or form. However, what usually forms during the formation of a transform fault boundary are earthquakes. Transform faults are commonly formed between two tectonic plates that are moving in the opposite direction away from the spreading center of a divergent boundary.

However, the spreading centers of the two tectonic plates are connected by the transform fault boundaries created. The formation of transform fault boundaries doesn't usually result in volcanic eruptions since they do not destroy the lithosphere. Another important feature of transform fault boundaries is that they have strike-slip motion.

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Answered Dec 16, 2020

When oceanic or continental plates glide past each other in differing directions or move in the same direction, but at separate speeds, a transform fault boundary is formed. No new crust is generated or subducted, and no new volcanoes form. However, earthquakes do occur along the fault. The transform fault boundaries connect spreading centers and subduction zones, which are the other components that demonstrate the earth’s plates. When the plates start moving away from each other, rift zones are established, and they are places with high volcanic activity. The theory of plate tectonics clarifies how mountains were formed and how earthquakes occur. It helps us discover different minerals hidden beneath the surface of the earth. It is also how continents were formed.
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