The tectonic plate between India and Australia under the Indian Ocean is very slowly breaking into two parts. A new study has shown that this plate is divided into two parts in a short period of time along geological lines.
However, for humans, this disintegration will take forever. The plate, known as the India-Australia Capricorn, splits at a snail’s speed of about 1.7 mm per year. In other words, in 1 million years, two parts of the plate will be about 1.7 kilometres further away than it is now.
“It’s not a structure that moves fast, but it’s still significant compared to the boundaries of other planets,” says Aurélie Coudurier-Curveu, a co-author of research at the Institute of Earth Physics.