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2) Calculate the rate (distance/time) at which the Pacific plate is sliding across the hot spot. a. First determine the slope of the line. If you don't know how to do this see page 4. Plate rate = km/Ma b. The answer above is in units of km/Ma. Geologists typically measure plate motions in units of cm/year. Convert the value above to cm/yr. See page 4. Plate ratc = cm/yr In what direction is the Pacific plate moving?



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a. Plate rate = 80 km/Ma

 

b. Plate rate = 8.0 cm/yr

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The pacific plate is moving northwest.

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