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Tectonic processes

WHS where Tectonic processes are part of the OUV

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Connected Sites

  • Chaîne des Puys: Criterion (viii) Continental drift, manifested through plate tectonics, is an essential paradigm for the history of the Earth as it explains the current make-up of oceans and continents and their past and future movements. The property is an exceptional illustration of the phenomenon of continental break-up, or rifting, which is one of the five major stages of plate tectonics.
  • Glacier parks: Criterion (viii): These tectonically active joint properties feature continuous mountain building and contain outstanding examples of major ongoing geologic and glacial processes.
  • Gros Morne National Park: Criterion (viii): The rocks of Gros Morne National Park collectively present an internationally significant illustration of the process of continental drift along the eastern coast of North America and contribute greatly to the body of knowledge and understanding of plate tectonics
  • Macquarie Island: Criterion (viii): ... The island is the exposed crest of the undersea Macquarie Ridge, raised to its present position where the Indo-Australian tectonic plate meets the Pacific plate. These unique exposures provide an exceptionally complete section of the structure and composition of both the oceanic crust and the upper mantle, and provide evidence of ‘sea-floor spreading’ and tectonic processes that have operated for hundreds of millions of years.
  • Papahanaumokuakea: Criterion (viii): The property provides an illustrating example of island hotspot progression, formed as a result of a relatively stationary hotspot and stable tectonic plate movement. Comprising a major portion of the world’s longest and oldest volcanic chain, the scale, distinctness and linearity of the manifestation of these geological processes in Papahānaumokuākea are unrivalled and have shaped our understanding of plate tectonics and hotspots.
  • Pyrénées - Mont Perdu: Criterion (viii): ...The region is distinguished by its location at the tectonic collision point between the Iberian and west European plates.
  • Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch: Criterion (viii): ...., the region displays 400 million-year-old crystalline rocks thrust over younger carbonate rocks due to the northward drift of the African tectonic plate.
  • Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona: Criterion (viii): .. The Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona provides an exceptional display of mountain building tectonics
  • Tajik National Park: Criterion (viii): Tajik National Park furthermore offers a unique opportunity for the study of plate tectonics and continental subduction phenomena thereby contributing to our fundamental understanding of earth building processes
  • Three parallel rivers of Yunnan: Criterion (ix): .... An exceptional range of topographical features - from gorges to karst to glaciated peaks -- is associated with the property being at a "collision point" of tectonic plates.


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