Topography of Plate Tectonics



This documentary, in the form of a Google Map, attempts to put some real world topography to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Plate Tectonic map shown below that is featured on Wikipedia's Plate Tectonics page. With the above Google map you can see the actual land and submarine topography that form the various tectonic plates. You can see the mid ocean ridges, ocean trenches, submarine volcanoes, and thermal vents that form the edges of the plates rather than rely on an abstract map like that shown below. The RED balloon placemarks indicate just some of these submarine features you can see when you zoom in.

One difference between these maps, I could not find any submarine features to support the Indian Plate as shown in the map below, instead I combined it with the Australian Plate as other maps online have done.

 


USGS Plate Tectonics Map.
Wikipedia Commons
Submarine cracks between the
Indian/Australian and Antarctic Plates.

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Cracks between the North American and Eurasian Plates
along the Mid Atlantic Ridge.

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Cliff between the Pacific
and Indian/Australian Plates.

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Eurasian and Pacific Plates
as seen underwater.

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The topography of plate tectonics on land should
be viewed in terrain mode (shown are the
Indian/Australian and Eurasian Plates).

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Plate tectonics in Google Earth 3D.
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