What are the major continental plates?

The theory of plate tectonics proposes that the earth’s lithosphere is divided into seven major and some minor plates.

The major plates are as follows : 

  • Antarctica and the surrounding oceanic plate.
  • North American (with western Atlantic floor separated from the South American plate along with the Caribbean islands) plate.
  • South American (with western Atlantic floor separated from the North American plate along with the Caribbean islands) plate. 
  • Pacific plate. 
  • India-Australia-New Zealand plate. 
  • Africa with the eastern Atlantic floor plate. 
  • Eurasia and the adjacent oceanic plate. Some important minor plates are listed.

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