The separate sections the lithosphere are broken into are called tectonic plates. The shifting of tectonic plates can cause volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. More »

The large sections of the lithosphere are called tectonic plates. These plates are made up of the crust and upper mantle of the Earth, and they sit on top of the asthenosphere. More »

The large sections of the lithosphere are called tectonic plates. These plates are made up of the crust and upper mantle of the Earth, and they sit on top of the asthenosphere. More »

The crust and upper mantle of the Earth form the lithosphere. The lithosphere is about 62 miles thick. The part of the lithosphere that supports the continents is thicker than the part of the lithosphere that supports th... More »

The lithosphere is the solid, outer layer of the Earth, and it is around 100 kilometers thick. It consists of the brittle upper portion of the crust and mantle. It is divided into huge sections called tectonic plates, on... More »

The most common rocks on top of oceanic plates are basaltic rocks, which are denser than ones found on continents; these are found on top of the oceanic plates because they are pieces of the oceanic plates that have been... More »

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Earth's crust is made up of 8 major plates and 9 minor plates. These plates are in constant motion because they are situated above hot flowing mantle rock often referred to as the asthenosphere. More »