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How Tectonic Plates Take the Plunge

Mt Etna

The formation of Europe’s largest volcano, Mt Etna, cannot be explained directly by the theory of plate tectonics. Credit: Sebastien Litrico

By Wouter P. Schellart

New evidence shows that the speed of the Earth’s tectonic plates and their boundaries, as well as the formation and destruction of mountain ranges, is controlled by the size of plate boundaries.

Wouter P. Schellart is an Australian Research Council QE II Fellow and a Monash Fellow with the School of Geosciences at Monash University.

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