Depending on the type of plates that collide, they either lift or subduct. When an oceanic plate collides with a continental plate, it typically slides underneath it. If two like plates collide, they crush together at th... More »

When two continental tectonic plates collide, it causes the rocks in both plates to fold and eventually become piled up to form mountains. The most obvious example of this are the Himalayas, which were formed as a result... More »

A plate boundary is a location where two tectonic plates meet. There are three different types of tectonic plate boundaries, which are defined by the relative motion of each plate. The three types of plate boundaries are... More »

Kashmir lies on top of the area where the Indian and Eurasian continental plates collide. Immense seismic stress builds up in this area and is released through earthquakes and other seismic activity. On October 8, 2005, ... More »

Tectonic plates move at the rate of about 1 to 2 inches each year. Tectonic plates can move in various directions, causing them to collide at certain points on Earth and pull away at other points. More »

The Ring of Fire is named for the long circle of volcanoes and seismically unstable plates and faults which compose it. The ring runs along the Pacific Ocean and is the site of approximately 90 percent of the world's sei... More »

Earthquakes occur regularly in the Kashmir region near India and Pakistan because the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates continue to collide. The boundary between these two plates is under tremendous stress, and earthqu... More » Science Earth Science Earthquakes