KA-BOOM! Scientists Solve Mystery Of Earth's Tectonic Plates

February 20, 2015 1:21 PM

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KA-BOOM! Scientists Solve Mystery Of Earth's Tectonic Plates

“The idea that Earth’s surface consists of a mosaic of moving plates is a well-established scientific paradigm, but it had never been clear about what actually moves the plates around," study co-author Dr. Tim Stern, a professor of geography, environment and earth sciences at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, said in a written statement. “To work this out requires an understanding of what happens at the bottom of a tectonic plate."

(Story continues below image.) This map shows 15 of the largest plates.

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