Does the less dense plate or more dense plate go under the other plate when a convergent boundary...

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Does the less dense plate or more dense plate go under the other plate when a convergent boundary is forming?

Convergent Plate Boundary

The Earth's lithosphere (crust and upper-most solid mantle) is made up of plates, called lithospheric or tectonic plates, that move very slowly over time. There are two types of lithospheric plates: oceanic and continental. Continental plates are thicker, but less dense, compared to the heavier, more dense, oceanic plates. Plates can move toward or away from each other. The site at which two plates collide is called a convergent plate boundary. Major geological events such as volcanoes, mountain formation, or earthquakes often occur at convergent plate boundaries.

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There are three types of convergent plate boundaries: when oceanic plates collide (oceanic-oceanic boundaries), when oceanic and continental plates...

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