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How many tectonic plates are there?

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03/27/2012

There are a large number of plates which vary considerably in size. Below is a list of most of the larger tectonic plates:

Plate Area (Sq Km)

African - 61,334,000

Antarctic - 60,916,000

Arabian - 5,010,900

Australian - 47,152,000

Caribbean - 3,319,000

Cocos - 2,860,000

Eurasian - 67,811,000

Indian - 11,920,000

Juan de Fuca - 252,000

Nazca - 15,630,000

North American - 75,888,000

Pacific - 103,280,000

Philippine - 5,447,000

Scotia - 1,651,000

Somali - 16,667,000

South American - 43,617,000

Bismark microplate - 286,000

Burma microplate - 1,110,000

Caroline microplate - 1,720,000

Easter microplate - 133,000

Explorer microplate - 18,400

Fiji microplates - 1,144,000

Galapagos microplate - 12,000

Gorda microplate - 69,600

Juan Fernandez microplate - 96,000

Mariana microplate - 364,000

Rivera microplate - 73,000

Solomon microplate - 254,000

South Sandwich microplate - 166,000

Tonga microplate - 962,000