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BSL Geography Glossary - Conservative Plate - definition

Definition: As land moves at conservative plates, movement of the land on both sides can be in two different directions. But the land on both sides can also be moving in the same direction, just at different speeds - one fast and one slow. This is happening in America, in San Francisco. Here, both areas of land are moving in the same direction, but one is faster than the other. This causes earthquakes.