Maoke Plate
Maoke Plate's proposed relationships in Bird's 2003 model of tectonic plates.[1]
FeaturesNew Guinea
1Relative to the African Plate

The Maoke Plate is a small tectonic plate located in western New Guinea underlying the Sudirman Range from which the highest mountain on the island- Puncak Jaya rises. To its east was proposed a convergent boundary with the Woodlark Plate,[1] although this is now best modelled after further studies as a boundary with an enlarged Solomon Sea Plate or a new microplate called the Trobriand Plate.[2][3] To the south lies a transform boundary with the Australian Plate and the Bird's Head Plate lies to the west.


  1. ^ a b Bird, P. (2003). "An updated digital model of plate boundaries". Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. 4 (3): 1027. Bibcode:2003GGG.....4.1027B. doi:10.1029/2001GC000252.
  2. ^ Boulart, Cédric; Rouxel, Olivier; Scalabrin, Carla; Le Meur, Pierre; Pelleter, Ewan; Poitrimol, Camille; Thiébaut, Eric; Matabos, Marjolaine; Castel, Jade; Tran Lu Y, Adrien; Michel, Loic N.; Cathalot, Cécile; Chéron, Sandrine; Boissier, Audrey; Germain, Yoan; Guyader, Vivien; Arnaud-Haond, Sophie; Bonhomme, François; Broquet, Thomas; Cueff-Gauchard, Valérie; Le Layec, Victor; L’Haridon, Stéphane; Mary, Jean; Le Port, Anne-Sophie; Tasiemski, Aurélie; Kuama, Darren C.; Hourdez, Stéphane; Jollivet, Didier (2022). "Active hydrothermal vents in the Woodlark Basin may act as dispersing centres for hydrothermal fauna". Communications Earth and Environment. 3 (64). doi:10.1038/s43247-022-00387-9. hdl:20.500.12210/63872.
  3. ^ Benyshek, E. K.; Taylor, B. (2021). "Tectonics of the Papua-Woodlark region". Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. 22 (e2020GC009209). doi:10.1029/2020GC009209.