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Global Tectonics of the Quaternary

The tectonic movement in the Quaternary is neotectonics. It expanded to both sides along the central ocean ridge in the ocean floor. Measurement for the moving speed of the pacific plate shows that it drifts westward up to 11 cm and 6.6 cm to eastward. The new orogenic belt of the land is area with the largest neotectonics in the Quaternary, such as the Alps, the Himalayas and so on. Earthquakes and volcanoes are the patterns of manifestations of the neotectonics. Earthquakes are concentrated in the plate boundary and the active fault zone, such as the circum-Pacific seismic belt, California fault zone, China Tancheng-Lujiang fault zone and so on. Volcanoes are mainly distributed in the plate boundary or the active fault zone inside the plate. There are Quaternary volcanoes in Wudalianchi, Datong Basin, Leizhou Peninsula, Hainan, Tengchong, Taiwan and other places of China.

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