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Q: Major World Fault Lines ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Major World Fault Lines
Category: Science > Earth Sciences
Asked by: james04-ga
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Posted: 01 May 2003 14:43 PDT
Expires: 31 May 2003 14:43 PDT
Question ID: 198118
I need a map of the world that showes major faults & plates.
Subject: Re: Major World Fault Lines
Answered By: larre-ga on 01 May 2003 15:55 PDT
Thanks for asking!

There are several marvelous resources available for tectonic plate
maps, and maps of the world's major earthquake faults.

From Christopher Sotease, of the Paleomap Project, a series of
historic paleogeographic maps of past geologic eras and epochs, as
well as modern day plate bounderies:

Plate tectonic maps and Continental drift animations
C. R. Scotese, PALEOMAP Project (

From the USGS, a seismic mapping tool. It creates a dynamic page, so
you'll need to perform the search function/map generation yourself.
From the Global search page, select:

Output File Type -- Generate Map 
Data Base -- Significant Worldwide Earthquakes (2150B.C.-1994A.D.) 

All other parameters are optional. 

USGS Earthquake Search - Global Search

From Cornell University, Interactive Mapping and Data Analysis, a java
program that allows you to create and download individually created
maps of worldwide geological features.

Cornell University Digital Earth Project

From Alan P. Jones, a research scientist at Purdue University, a
Windows-based computer program: Seismic/Eruption: A program for the
visualization of seismicity and volcanic activity in space and time.


From National Geographic Society, The Map Machine, another interactive
mapping tool. From the page link below, select the Dynamic Maps link.
When the Map Machine has fully loaded, select the World Themes Link,
the from the pop-up navigator, select Earthquakes, either Recent or

National Geographic Society Map Machine


Google Search Terms: 

"plate tectonics" map
"earthquake faults" world map

I hope these resources offer exactly the information you're seeking.
If anything I've said is unclear, or should you have any questions
about the materials or links provided, please, feel free to ask.

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