Plate Boundaries

Boundary Name Associated Features Description
Constructive, divergent, ridge, spreading center Mid-ocean ridge, rise, rift valley, hydrothermal vents New crust created as plates separate
Destructive, convergent, subduction zone Trench, volcanic/island arc
Very large earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis
One plate destroyed when they collide and one sudducts
Conservative, transform Large earthquakes Two plates slide by one another

While the three types of plate boundary are related to the two types of continental margin, they are not the same thing.


Last revision 8/16/2015