Defining Boundaries And Its Effects On The Earth Essay

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Transform boundaries (Conservative) occur where two lithospheric plates slide, or grind past each other along transform faults. Transform faults never create plates or crusts neither do they destroy them. When two transform faults move in different directions against each other, it causes friction. It may also cause a strong earthquake. These earthquakes are created due to the movement of the plates. The energy made by the moving plates is stored and when it cannot be held any longer it is unleashed. This results to an earthquake. There are three earthquake fault types, which are all transform plates. They are strike-slip, reverse or thrust, and normal fault. A strike slip fault is when two faults slide past each other horizontally. An example of a strike slip fault is the San Andreas Fault which stretches more than 400 miles from San Francisco to San Diego. A reverse/thrust fault is caused when one faults slides above another. There are many small reverse/thrust faults on the Earth. A normal fault is caused by one plate sliding below another. Faults are caused by the movement of the plates. They have a big crack, often showing the boundary of two transform plates. Transform plate boundaries are the most destructive and best-known plate boundary. Transform Plates occur both in land and water, but only move against the same type of plate.

Divergent Plate Boundary: Divergent boundaries (Constructive) occur where two plates slide apart from each other. At zones of…

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