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A diver swimming between two tectonic plates

A diver swimming between two tectonic plates - Iceland

Pretty amazing right? But…

…What are Tectonic Plates?

Plate tectonics is a scientific theory that describes the large-scale motion of Earth’s lithosphere. The model builds on the concept of continental drift which was developed during the first few decades of the 20th century.

plate tectonics world map and how they work

The lithosphere, which is the rigid outermost shell of a planet (on Earth, the crust and upper mantle), is broken up into tectonic plates. On Earth, there are seven or eight major plates (depending on how they are defined) and many minor plates.

Where plates meet, their relative motion determines the type of boundary; convergent, divergent, or transform. Earthquakes, volcanic activity, mountain-building, and oceanic trench formation occur along these plate boundaries. The lateral relative movement of the plates typically varies from zero to 100 mm annually.

plate tectonics map by Nasa

TL:DR – This diver is swimming between things that move frequently!

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