The Topography of Plate Tectonics

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This documentary, in the form of a satellite map, attempts to put some real world topography to the Plate Tectonics. With this interactive map you can see the actual land and submarine topography that form the various tectonic plates. The intent of this map is to enable you see the mid ocean ridges, ocean trenches, submarine volcanoes, and thermal vents that form the edges of the plates rather than rely on an abstract map. If you activate the 3D Terrain (Water Mask) in the Base Globe menu and use the compass on the upper left to rotate and view the horizon you can view these submarine features in 3D.