How do plate tectonics work?


How do plate tectonics work?

What are tectonic plates?

Tectonic plates are fragments of the lithosphere - the topmost layer of solid Earth. It sits on top of the asthenosphere. Tectonic plates can move and interact with each other.

Answer and Explanation:

Tectonic plates move due to convection currents in the asthenosphere. This involves a circular flow of viscous rock in the asthenosphere (due to density differences) which puts strain on the tectonic plates and causes them to move.

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Plate Tectonics: Theory & Definition

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