Regents Prep: Earth Science: The Dynamic Crust: Introduction

Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics

Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics are vitally connected. The movement of the Earth’s crustal plates is the major cause of earthquakes, and volcanoes also. The Earth’s major plates are shown on page 5 of the Earth Science Reference Tables.

If you were to plot all of the earthquakes that occur on Earth, you would find that they follow a pattern.

This pattern follows fairly closely the plate boundaries indicated on the reference table

You would see a similar pattern if you plotted the volcanoes of the world.

Earth Science Earthquake Topics