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Do trees move when the plates move? Does It change any other thing?

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Do trees move when the plates move? Does It change any other thing?

Tectonic Plates

The Earth is made of several layers of magma and rock. The outermost layer of the Earth is known as the crust and this is the layer that we live on. The crust is made of several portions called tectonic plates. Due to the flow of magma in Earth's mantle layer and core, the crust can shift at a very slow rate and cause the tectonic plates to shift as well. When tectonic plates collide into each other we experience an earthquake.

Answer and Explanation:

Since tectonic plates are part of Earth's crust and the soil that trees grown in is part of Earth's crust too, the answer is yes trees move when tectonic plates move. However, it is important to note that the tectonic plates only move at a rate of 2.5 centimeters per year so there is actually very little movement that can be observed. The movement of tectonic plates can sometimes cause the plates to collide which can result in an earthquake, or a tsunami if the plates that collided were underwater.


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