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Three types of plate boundary
Convergent boundary
Divergent boundary
Transform boundary

Tectonic plate interactions are classified into three basic types:[1]

Convergent boundaries (subduction zones)

Main article: Convergent boundary

Further information: Subduction

See also: Obduction

Back arc basins

Main article: Back arc basin

Orogenic belts

Main article: Orogeny

Further information: List of orogenies

Divergent boundaries

Main article: Divergent boundary

Plate tectonics map

Transform boundaries

Main article: Transform fault

See also


  1. ^ "Tectonic Plates and Plate Boundaries". GNS Science. Retrieved 2014-09-12.
  2. ^ Karig, Daniel E (1970). "Ridges and basins of the Tonga-Kermadec island arc system". Journal of Geophysical Research. 75 (2): 239–254. Bibcode:1970JGR....75..239K. doi:10.1029/JB075i002p00239.