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