World Plate Tectonics Map - Thematic map of the world's plates and tectonic features

World Plate Tectonics

A thematic map of the world's plates and tectonic features.

The southern most extent of the Eurasian plate.

The southern most extent of the Eurasian plate.

Central America and parts of the Caribbean.

Central America and parts of the Caribbean shown in greater detail.

World Plate Tectonics

This map highlights the plates of the Earth's crust and identifies the locations of the four major types of plate boundary. Features pertaining to tectonic activity, including earthquake zones, volcanic regions, hotspots and rift valleys, are also shown.

A selection of recent major earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are highlighted for quick reference. The map's main focus is to highlight the fact that the majority of major earthquakes and volcanoes occur at or near plate boundaries.

This map uses an unconventional colour scheme to create clear distinctions between the different tectonic plates.

Data from the following sources were used in the compilation of this map: ETOPO2: National Geophysical Data Center; Blue Marble: Next Generation: NASA's Earth Observatory.

Thematic map of the world's plates and tectonic features.

A second map, showing the world's plate tectonics, using an alternative central meridian and colour scheme.

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Hello, my name is Ed Merritt. I am a cartographer based in Southampton (UK). I established Merritt Cartographic in 2006.

I am a graduate of Oxford Brookes University, receiving an honours degree in Mapping and Cartography. Having worked in the past for a large publishing company in central London, much of my current work is commissioned for inclusion in reference books. I also produce interactive maps for deployment on websites and in applications as well as products for use on public display panels and signposts. As a freelance cartographer, I have produced custom maps and graphics for a wide range of publishers, charities, media organisations and businesses. My work has been included in books published by Dorling Kindersley, National Geographic, Pearson, Penguin Books, Oxford University Press, Taschen, Laurence King Publishing, Millennium House and Weldon Owen. I've also created maps for a wide range of other companies and charities, including the Royal Horticultural Society, Smithsonian Institution, Best Western, The Greenbrier Companies, Fastmarkets, Bright Horizons and Cycling UK.

I enjoy being creative in my work and like to explore new approaches. As a map-maker, I have a natural tendency to pay attention to detail and also to work hard to ensure that I am being as accurate as I can in the work that I produce.

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