How Do Plates Move?


Plates move due to the extreme heat of the Earth's core. As this happens the mantle part of the rock moves the plates in different directions.
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Mount St. Helens is part of the Pacific "ring of fire, an area of intense volcanoes and earthquakes due to tectonic movement. There are seven major (primary) tectonic plates
Tectonic plates move because they are floating on top of the liquid mantle. The mantle itself moves due to convection currents: hot rock rises, gives off some heat, then falls. This
because of convection currents in the mantle.
Convection Currents: The difference in temperature between the upper and the. lower mantle creates these currents that causes magma. to rise up through the mantle and out the crust.
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Tectonic plates have huge pressure on them. Whenever pressure becomes unequal, it can move tectonic plates. They usually move horizontally.
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