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Understanding Plate Boundaries

  1. Sep 22, 2015 #1

    RJLiberator

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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    1. I would like you to find and describe an area of the world for each of the types of plate boundary combinations introduced in class today (you should have 4 total locations):

    (1) Ridge-Fault

    (2) Fault-Trench (fault on concave side of trench)

    (3) Fault-Trench (fault on convex side of trench)

    (4) Ridge-Trench



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    Ridge = Red
    Trench = Blue
    Transform = green.

    2. Once you have made a plot of global plate boundaries, I would like you to find and describe an area of the world for each of the types of plate boundary combinations introduced in class today (you should have 3 total locations):

    (1) Ridge-Fault-Ridge
    (2) Ridge-Fault-Trench
    Since there are two types of case (2), describe whether the fault should be growing, or shrinking.
    (3) Trench-Fault-Trench


    Since there are three types of case (3), describe whether the fault should be growing, shrinking, or remaining the same size. Record your answers below:

    2. Relevant equations

    N/a, or at least, nothing relevant that I know of here.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    For 1. :
    Ridge = Red
    Trench = Blue
    Transform = green.

    1) Ridge Fault --> Mid Ocean Ridge East of North America
    2) Fault-Trench (fault on concave side of trench) --> South Africa where blue and green mix.
    3) Fault-Trench (fault on convex side of trench) --> South of South America where blue and green mix
    4) Ridge-Trench --> south of India where red and blue mix

    For 2. :
    1) Red-green-Red (Ridge-Fault-Ridge) is located in the middle of the Atlantic (The Mid Ocean Ridge).
    2) Ridge-Fault-Trench (Red-Green-Blue) is located

    Well, and here's where I am confused. This material is rather new to us(class) me, so bare with me. Your help/guidance is appreciated.

    My questions:
    1) Is my answer for 1 correct? How can I tell what is a concave or convex side of trench?
    2) How do I go about this problem? In my attempt at 2 I was noting that Red-green-red meant Ridge-Fault-Ridge, but I can't seem to really go further here.
     
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  3. Sep 23, 2015 #2

    RJLiberator

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    A friendly bump to see if anyone has any links or PDF files describing anything in relation to this study.
     
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