What are the types of plate boundaries?

By Ritesh|Updated : September 3rd, 2022

When two tectonic plates diverge, a diverging border is created. As magma (molten rock) rises from the Earth's mantle to the surface and solidifies to form a new oceanic crust, earthquakes frequently occur along these borders.

  • Divergent plate boundaries can be seen, for instance, in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
  • An area where two plates converge is referred to as a convergent border.
  • The borders of one or both colliding plates may bow up into mountain ranges due to the impact, or one plate may bend down into a deep undersea trench.
  • Along convergent plate borders, a chain of volcanoes frequently arises, and strong earthquakes often occur.
  • An example of a convergent plate is the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Types of Plate Boundaries

Plate borders come in three different varieties. These are as follows:

Divergent Boundaries:

  • As the plates separate from one another, new crust is produced.
  • Spreading sites are the locations where the plates separate from one another.
  • Example: Atlantic Ridge, Middle

Convergent Boundaries:

  • As one plate descends beneath another, the crust is destroyed.
  • The area where a plate sinks is referred to as a subduction zone.
  • Convergence can happen in three different ways.
  • Between two oceanic plates, two continental plates, and between a marine and a continental plate.

Transform Boundaries:

As the plates move horizontally past one another, the crust is neither created nor destroyed.


What are the types of plate boundaries?

The types of plate boundaries are Divergent Boundaries, Convergent Boundaries, and Transform Boundaries. A three-dimensional surface where continental plates touch each other is known as plate boundary.


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