Types of plate margin

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Destructive plate margin
A plate margin where two plates are moving towards each other resulting in one plate sinking beneath the other
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Constructive plate margin
A plate margin where two plates are moving apart
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Continental plate
A tectonic plate made of low density continental rock that will not sink under another plate
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Oceanic plate
A tectonic plate made of dense iron-rich rock that forms the ocean floor
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Subduction
When oceanic crust sinks under continental crust at a destructive margin
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Collision
When two plates of continental crust meet 'head on' and buckle
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Volcano
An opening in the earth's crust through which molten lava, ash and gases are ejected
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Conservative plate margin
A plate margin where two plates are sliding alongside each other
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Earthquake
A sudden and often violent shift in the rocks forming the earth's crust, which is felt at the surface
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Constructive plate margin

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A plate margin where two plates are moving apart

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Continental plate

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Oceanic plate

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Subduction

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