Malpelo plate

  • It is a new tectonic microplate off Ecuador’s coast in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
  • Malpelo microplate is located west of the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador.
  • It is wedged in-between the Nazca, Cocos, and Caribbean minor plates.
  • It is linked to a nearby oceanic ridge along the Ring of Fire.
  • Earlier it was assumed that most of the region east of the known Panama transform fault was part of the Nazca plate.
  • But recent study showed that it is different tectonic plate moving independently in a different direction.


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