Tectonic plates – Moving very slowly
Tectonic plates – The Earth looks fixed, but the development of our planet is still not completed,
and the earth is still working. The main reason is the movement of tectonic plates.
Plates are moving very slowly, a few centimeters per year. If will move up rapidly,
there is an earthquake. In the history of geological face of the Earth has changed several times.
With Pangea formed several continents we know today. The plates can move in several directions.
They can glide along each other, and then the friction releases huge amounts of energy in the
form of earthquakes. When the plates glide against each other, then either one plate thrusts
under the second or push against each other, causing uplift – this is how the Himalayas,
the highest mountains in the world. The plates can also move away from each other,
such as plates in the African Great Rift Valley.