What are real world examples of divergent plate boundaries?

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Jun 26, 2016


The mid-Atlantic ridge that is slowly pushing North America away from Europe.


The mid-Atlantic ridge lies mostly in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and is the classic example of a divergent plate boundary. This tells us that a couple of large mantel plumes are at work below the Earth's surface and these are gradually pulling the crust apart.

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It is where the ancient content of Pangea used to be, prior to being torn apart by this divergent zone. The mid-Atlantic ridge is visible on the surface on the Earth at Iceland and is a famous geological place to visit.

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