Students in my “Hands-On Geography” class have often noticed the small Juan de Fuca tectonic plate that sits off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. It has long been known that the Juan de Fuca plate is subducting (or sliding beneath) the North American plate to the east. However, scientists now believe that the Juan de Fuca plate is splitting as it does so, which may contribute to unusual seismic activity and volcanism near the surface in the years to come.
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