Visualization
ES0808  Observe an animation showing growth of a continent.

Continents can grow by accumulating crustal material along their edges at convergent boundaries. Here, a terrane carried by a subducting plate is fused to the edge of a continent. The attachment of terranes such as this contributed to continental growth along the west coast of North America.

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Jennifer Loomis, TERC