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1

What are submarine volcanoes?

Submarine volcanoes are where there is a split in the crust at an oceanic/oceanic constructive margin. A lower pressure zone is created where lava can erupt and form volcanoes beneath the ocean.

2

What are transform faults?

Transform faults are breaks that occur across oceanic ridges at right angles which lead to friction building up and being released in earthquakes

3

What is the Great African Rift Valley?

The Great African Rift Valley is a rift valley extending 4000km from Mozambique to the Red Sea and further north to Jordan

4

What is a destructive plate margin?

A destructive plate margin is where two plates move towards eachother (diverge)

5

What is subduction?

Subduction is the process when plates move together and the denser oceanic plate is forced under the lighter continental/oceanic plate

6

What is the Benioff zone?

The Benioff zone is the part of the subduction zone where heat and friction begins to melt the subducting plate into magma

7

What is an ocean trench?

Ocean trenches are deep trenches formed at the point in the ocean where the plate subdues e.g. the Marianas trench in the Pacific Ocean

8

What are fold mountains?

Fold mountains are where two continental plates move together and force eachother upwards, crumpling sediment into mountains e.g. the Himalayas

9

What is a collision margin?

A collision margin is a margin where two continental plates are moving together.

10

What are island arcs?

Island arcs are lines of volcanic islands formed by upwelling magma from the Benioff zone at a subducting plate

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What is a conservative plate margin?

A conservative plate margin is when two plates slide past eachother. As they are parallel to eachother, there is no creation or destruction of the crust.

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What is a fault line?

Fault lines are stresses set up by the movement of two plates moving in the same direction but not at the same speed.

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What are constructive plate margins?

When two plates move apart (diverge)