South Sandwich Plate
|South Sandwich Plate|
|Approximate area||170,000 km2|
|Features||South Sandwich Islands, Southern Ocean|
|1Relative to the African Plate|
The South Sandwich Plate or Sandwich Plate is a minor tectonic plate bounded by the subducting South American Plate to the east, the Antarctic Plate to the south and the Scotia Plate to the west. The plate is separated from the Scotia Plate by the East Scotia Rise, a back arc spreading ridge formed by the subduction zone on its eastern margin.
The South Sandwich Islands are located on this small plate.
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- Map of tectonic relations at "South Sandwich Islands, southern Atlantic Ocean"
- Kurt Stüwe: Geodynamics of the Lithosphere: An Introduction Springer; 2nd edition (2007) p390 ISBN 978-3-540-71236-7
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