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Exploring the Pacific Plate


 Much of the western Pacific is shaken by a clash of tectonic plates (when one section of the earth’s drifting surface collides head on with another, used to be called the continental drift).

  • North and Central Pacific rests on the Pacific Plate
  • New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and New Caledonia sit on the Indo-Australian Plate
  • The west edge of the Pacific Plate runs northeast from New Zealand up the east side of Tonga to Samoa.
  • North of New Guinea, the Pacific Plate faces the Eurasian Plate
  • The dividing line between the Pacific Plate and the western plate, known as the Andesite Line, is part of the Ring of Fire, while much of the land west of the line remains submerged by Australia.


Cite: Stanley, D., South Pacific Handbook.



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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