EURASIAN PLATE: Tectonic Boundary and Movement

The Eurasian Plate is the third largest tectonic plate on Earth

Eurasian Plate Tectonics

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2019

The 7 Major Tectonic Plates of the World

Earth has 7 major plate tectonic boundaries and 10 or so minor ones. The Eurasian Plate is third largest, being slightly smaller than the Pacific Plate and North American Plate.

Earth’s tectonic plate boundaries are unusual because they can consist of continent and ocean crust. For example, the Eurasian Plate contains parts of the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean within its boundary.

All plate tectonics move deceptively slow. They’re never idle. It’s just hard to notice their movements!

For example, the Eurasian Plate diverges away from the North American plate at a rate of about 3 centimeters per year. That’s about how long your fingernails grow in a year!

The Eurasian Plate is the third largest major plate

Eurasian Plate Tectonic Boundary

The Eurasian major plate consists of most of Europe, Russia and parts of Asia. This plate is sandwiched between the North American and African Plate on the north and west sides.

The west side shares a divergent plate boundary with the North American plate. The south side of the Eurasian plate neighbors the Arabian, Indian and Sunda plates.

It straddles along Iceland where it tears the country in two separate pieces at a rate of 2.5 to 3 cm per year. On average, the Eurasian plate moves about one-quarter to half an inch per year.

At a size of 67,800,000 km2, it is third largest tectonic plate on Earth.

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