Shetland Plate

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Shetland Plate
The Shetland Plate
Type Minor
Movement1 north-west
Speed1 ?
Features South Shetland Islands, Southern Ocean
1Relative to the African Plate

The Shetland Plate is a small tectonic plate located off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. It is mostly surrounded by the Antarctic Plate, the western border being a subduction zone. The South Shetland Islands are formed from that collision.


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