These plates move and interact with one another to produce earthquakes volcanoes mountain ranges ocean trenches and other geologic processes and features map prepared by the united states geological survey. Here are the 7 major tectonic plates of the world in a bit more.
The geological and tectonic framework of europe.
Tectonic plates map europe croatia. This microplate is bordered by an orogenic belt the peri adriatic mountain chain that runs through italy and greece in the region surrounding the adriatic sea channell and horváth 1976. Earth s tectonic plate boundaries are unusual because they can consist of continent and ocean crust. Attention is given to the zone of the dextral periadriatic drava wrench fault 4 bordering the major uplifted masses in the western and central part of the croatian pannonian basin.
The name adriatic plate is usually used when referring to the northern part of the plate. Lexa 4 1 british geological survey keyworth nottingham uk 2 institute of geology and mineral exploration athens greece 3 university of napoli federico ii naples italy 4 geological survey of slovak republic bratislava slovak republic. The european countries situated on the plate includes england germany norway sweden finland austria poland and ukraine.
The adriatic plate also known as the apulian plate is situated in the deformation zone at the boundary between the eurasian and the african plates. The eurasian plate is a tectonic plate which includes most of the continent of eurasia a landmass consisting of the traditional continents of europe and asia with the notable exceptions of the indian subcontinent the arabian subcontinent and the area east of the chersky range in east siberia it also includes oceanic crust extending westward to the mid atlantic ridge and northward to the. Greek italy and romania.
Like seams of a baseball tectonic plate boundaries wrap around the earth. With the theory of plate tectonics it has become evident that most earthquakes occur along the margins of plates where one plate comes into contact with another developing shear stresses. Just centimeters each year.
Because earth s tectonic plate boundaries often consist of continent and ocean crust the eurasian plate contains parts of the atlantic and the arctic ocean. De vivo 3 and j. According the theory of plate tectonics earth s outer shell is made up of a series of plates the map above shows names and generalized locations of earth s major tectonic plates.
The highest earthquake hazard is concentrated in south eastern areas of europe e g. Eurasian plate the third largest tectonic plate spans all of asia and europe. A detailed tectonic map of the sw pannonian basin is shown in fig.
All plate tectonics move deceptively slow. This part of the plate was deformed during the alpine orogeny when the adriatic apulian plate collided with the. Plate tectonics have deceptively slow movement.
4 where structures and faults are classified according to their importance. It s the third largest being slightly smaller than the pacific plate and north american plate. The adriatic or apulian plate is a small tectonic plate carrying primarily continental crust that broke away from the african plate along a large transform fault in the cretaceous period.
Central asian countries like kazakhstan uzbekistan turkmenistan and mongolia are also part of eurasian plate. The eurasian plate is a plate tectonic boundary consisting most of europe russia and china. But they re never idle.