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plate tectonics and subduction zones

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Many hydrothermal mineral deposits of copper, gold, silver, and other metals have been found in the countries bordering on the Pacific Ocean. Can you offer an explanation for this remarkable concentration? If you were part of a team of exploration geologists looking for large copper deposits, where would you focus your search?

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This question relates to plate tectonics and subduction zones. Convection cells in the earth move the plates as if they were on a conveyer belt. As plates move old crust is consumed and new crust is created at the same rate (so that the earth remains constant in size). Currently, new crust is being created in the Atlantic ocean, and old crust ...

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An explanation of plate tectonics and subduction zones to justify the discovery of hydrothermal mineral deposits of copper, gold, silver, and other metals near the edges of the Pacific Ocean.

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