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.

According to National Geographic magazine on September 7, 2017 the earthquake at Tehuantepec, Mexico has split the Cocos plate likely along the Tehuantepec Fracture Zone between the Albatross Plateau and the Guatemala Basin shown in the base map just above its placemark. See article “Quake split a tectonic plate in two, and geologists are shaken” at