A tectonic plate is dying under Oregon. Here’s why that matters.

Now, we know that as one plate dips under another, it can deform, warping and breaking in unexpected ways. How this tortured fate affects the surface, however, is not always clear, particularly as a tectonic plate nears its end. The dying Juan de Fuca plate is a perfect opportunity to study such impacts, in part because it’s not going quietly into the deep, so scientists are closely monitoring the system’s every shiver and burp. (Here’s how we found out that a powerful earthquake split a tectonic plate in two.)

...read more at https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/07/tectonic-plate-dying-oregon-why-matters/

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