Simple Definition of plate tectonics
geology : a scientific theory that the Earth's surface is made of very large sections that move very slowly; also : the movements of the large sections that form the Earth's surface
Full Definition of plate tectonics
1 : a theory in geology: the lithosphere of the earth is divided into a small number of plates which float on and travel independently over the mantle and much of the earth's seismic activity occurs at the boundaries of these plates
2 : the process and dynamics of tectonic plate movement; also : a similar process on a body other than earth
compare continental drift
First Known Use of plate tectonics
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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "plate tectonics"
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