North Pacific Rim

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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Scale: 1 pixel = 10 km. 10-degree grid;
Oblique Mercator Projection, Great Circle 50N,170W, 0N,80W. Center 50N 170W
Approximately a great circle from Shanghai to Los Angeles.

       Global Geology Index

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Ocean Floor Ages

Tectonic Structures


Land Geology

Notes and References


This map shows the subduction zones where the Pacific Plate descends beneath North America and Asia. On the maps that show the Hawaiian island chain, note that the motion of the Pacific Plate is essentially parallel to the west coast of North America but nearly perpendicular to the Eurasian plate margin.

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Created 11 April 2014, Last Update 09 June 2017
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