Plate Tectonics Travel

By- Chloe Parrish

1st- Iceland

Type of boundary- Divergent

Miles- 3,835 miles. Around 6 hours

Earthquakes- There have been 13 earthquakes in Iceland

Landforms- Volcanoes, Glaciers, Waterfalls

Things to do- Kirkjufell mountain, Whale watching, Blue lagoon


  • The 2,000 Earthquake on June 17 had only 1 injury. There was moderate damage to homes around the area but nothing serious.
  • The 2,008 earthquake was a doublet earthquake. There were 30 injuries and a number of sheep were killed

2nd- Andes Mountains

Type of boundary- Convergent

Miles- 5001 miles. Around 8 1/2 hours

Earthquakes- There have been over 30 Earthquakes around the andes mountains

Landforms around- Volcanos, Central Valley, Atacama desert

Things to do- Trekking, Backpacking, Volcano ascents


  • The 1985 Algarrobo Earthquake on March 3rd caused multiple injuries and a lot of damage. 177 were dead, 2,575 were injured, 142,489 houses were destroyed. This Earthquake also destroyed the Pan- American highway
  • 2014 Iquique Earthquake struck on April 1. After this earthquake, there was a tsunami. Luckily, there was only moderate damage

3rd- San Andres Fault

Type of boundary- Transform

Miles- 1,489 miles. Around 3 hours

Earthquakes- Around 6 every decade

Landforms around- Cliffs, Narrow ridges, Pounds

Things to do- Bombay beach, Bolinas lagoon, Stinson beach


  • The 2003 San Simeon earthquake occurred on December 23rd. This earthquake causes major damage leading up to 250-300 million dollars in damage with 40 injured and 2 dead
  • In 2014, another earthquake struck on March 28th. Thankfully, no body died and few were injuried. However this earthquake caused over 10 million dollars in damage

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Topographic Maps

While traveling, you might need to read a topographic map (Which measures elevation)

Here's how-

  • Find the interval (How much distance each line represents)
  • Then count the lines from point A (where you are) and point B (where you are trying to go)
  • Multiple that by the interval
  • There you go! That's how to read a topographic map. But remember that a topographic map measures distance and elevation