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Boundaries of 52 Tectonic Plates


World Map of 52 Tectonic Plates
World map of 52 plates

Click the image for the 825 x 465 pixel version. Codes for the plate names are listed here.

Courtesy Peter Bird
This map was published in 2003 by Peter Bird in a paper in Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems or G3 ("An updated digital model of plate boundaries," Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 4(3), 1027, doi:10.1029/2001GC000252). It divides the world's surface into 52 plates and several major orogenic (mountain-building) zones where he judged it not worth trying to outline plates. Click the map to see it at full size. The two-letter codes for the plate names are listed in this table.

This map is most useful as a reminder of where all the microplates are. One notable difference from the 2006 USGS map is that the Africa plate is not named Nubia.

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