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The giant tectonic plate is split in two

The giant tectonic plate is split in two

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.

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