EURASIAN PLATE: Tectonic Boundary and Movement
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
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.
Do you want a crash course in plate tectonics?
If you live in Europe, you’d most likely be situated on the Eurasian major plate. But what if you lived in Africa or North America? What are some of the other plates in the world?
Take a look at some of our hand-picked articles below to help you get familiar with the plate tectonic jigsaw puzzle. They’re responsible for major volcanoes, earthquakes and continental rift.
From large to small, the 7 major tectonic plates include the Pacific, North American, Eurasian, African, Antarctic, Indo-Australian and South American plate.
Earth has 12 major tectonic plate boundaries (with smaller micro plates). They interact by either diverging, converging or sliding across from each other.
The Pacific Ring of Fire has the most active chains of volcanoes in the world. This is because tectonic plates collide and sink at these zones of subduction.