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plate tectonics


The continents sit on slabs of rock, called tectonic plates, and those plates float on a sea of molten lava.
Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  conceptual framework used to explain continental drift, creation of oceanic areas, building of mountain chains, earthquakes,  and volcanic eruptions
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  • The continents sit on slabs of rock, called tectonic plates, and those plates float on a sea of molten lava.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • But for Mortenson’s swaying school on wheels, the collision of tectonic plates that had occurred in this zone millions of years earlier was more to the point.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • It will be a colossal cultural collision, a grinding together of the tectonic plates that are East and West.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • "You may think tectonic plates have nothing to do with you, Miss Keenan!" he yelled.
    David Almond  --  Kit’s Wilderness

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  • Like most scientists, I believe that involuntary laws of nature explain the behavior of planets, tectonic plates, weather systems, and viruses.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • The book was about how Eldridge and some other scientists had gone down to the bottom of the ocean in a submersible and discovered hydrothermal vents at the places where tectonic plates met, which spewed mineral-rich gases reaching up to 700 degrees.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
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Associated words [difficulty]:   plate tectonics [8] , continental drift [8]
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