Is it possible to see the tectonic plates?

Question:

Is it possible to see the tectonic plates?

What are tectonic plates?

Tectonic plates are cracks of the lithosphere. They were formed due to convection currents in the asthenosphere (the layer below the lithosphere) putting strain on the lithosphere and fracturing it. The convection currents still drive tectonic plate movement today.

Answer and Explanation:

Yes. The lithosphere is the topmost layer of the Earth (made up of the crust and upper mantle), so you are standing and walking on tectonic plates everyday. They are extremely big thought - the size of whole continents - so seeing them in whole is only possible from a plane or from space.


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