Plate Tectonics
 

Types of Plate Boundaries

What are the Types of plate boundaries?

There are 3 types of tectonic plate boundaries. Types of Plate Boundaries are classified based on the way the tectonic plates move in relation to one another creating different surface phenomena. Below are the three types of plate boundaries.

Divergent Plate Boundaries

Divergent Plate Boundaries

When two tectonic plates move away from each other, a divergent plate boundary occurs. See Divergent Boundaries.



Convergent Plate Boundaries

 

Convergent Plate Boundaries

When two tectonic plates move away toward each other, a convergent plate boundary occurs. When two tectonic plates collide, sometimes the edge of one plate sinks under the edge of another plate. See Convergent Boundaries.



Transform Plate Boundaries

 

Transform plate boundaries

When two tectonic plates neither collide nor move apart but they simply slide past one another, the surface created is called transform plate boundaries. Examples of transform plate boundaries are the Pacific plate and the North American plate which slide past one another near the coast of California. See Transform Boundaries.