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plate tectonics
Scope Notes: Used for extremely large-scale events, which may affect oceanic and/or continental crustal regions. May be used at various scales for study of the mechanism. Also use a more specific term where available, e.g., subduction, sea-floor spreading, rifting, etc. Also see tectonics. Before 1976, articles discussing plate tectonics were included under tectonophysics.
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global tectonics tectonics, plate
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