The motion of a plate on the surface of a sphere can be described in terms of motion along small circles relative to a pole that may be ... The entire North Pacific is moving as a single plate toward Japan and the adjacent trenches. ... When the direction of spreading is constant for some time, the transform faults are oriented along small circles parallel to the motion of a plate. ... The movement of very large plates across enormous distances occurs at rapid ratesa particularly rapid whenanbsp;...
|Title||:||Scientific Exploration of the South Pacific|
|Author||:||Warren Scriver Wooster|
|Publisher||:||National Academies - 1970-01-01|