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Encyclopedia > Arabian Plate
The Arabian plate is shown in bright yellow on this map
The Arabian plate is shown in bright yellow on this map

The Arabian Plate is a continental tectonic plate covering the Arabian peninsula and extending northward to Turkey. The plate borders are: Image File history File links Download high resolution version (4150x2832, 3128 KB) The Earths tectonic plates. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (4150x2832, 3128 KB) The Earths tectonic plates. ... The tectonic plates of the world were mapped in the second half of the 20th century. ... The Arabian Peninsula The Arabian Peninsula is a mainly desert peninsula in Southwest Asia at the junction of Africa and Asia and an important part of the greater Middle East. ... Peninsula A peninsula (Latin, literally meaning almost island) is a geographical formation consisting of an extension of land from a larger body, surrounded by water on three sides. ...


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Arabian Peninsula at AllExperts (846 words)
The Arabian Peninsula (in Arabic: شبه الجزيرة العربية, or جزيرة العرب) is a peninsula in Southwest Asia at the junction of Africa and Asia consisting mainly of desert.
The coasts of the peninsula touch, on the west, the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba; on the southeast, the Arabian Sea (part of the Indian Ocean); and on the northeast, the Gulf of Oman, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Persian Gulf.
Politically, the Arabian peninsula is separated from the rest of Asia by the northern borders of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
What is Plate Tectonics? (734 words)
Plate tectonics is the study of how the Earth's plates are driven and shaped by geological forces that keep them in constant motion.
A thin oceanic plate converging with a thick continental plate will be pushed beneath the continental plate, creating a subduction zone -- an area marked by a deep submarine trench where the oceanic plate is being driven downwards, eventually returning to the molten mantle.
This plate moves northwesterly at a rate of about 2 inches (5 cm) per year, while the North American plate on the opposite side of the San Andreas fault is moving in a southerly direction.
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