Plate tectonics of the Solomon Islands region

Map cartoon shows seafloor structures with varied coloring and lines, near islands where an earthquake and tsunami occurred.

Detailed Description

Plate tectonics of the Solomon Islands region

Single white arrows show direction of downgoing plate toward Pacific plate. Double diverging arrows show spreading direction across the Woodlark Ridge that separates the Woodlark and Australian plates. Approximate area of the fault that ruptured during the April 2007 earthquake is shown in the hachure pattern. Primary bathymetric contour interval is 1000 meters; secondary interval is 200 meters.


Image Dimensions: 1121 x 904

Date Taken:

Location Taken: SB


2-Minute Gridded Global Relief Data (ETOPO2)
U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Geophysical Data Center, 2001. The relief data were plotted with GMT4.1.1. Additional annotations were added using Adobe Illustrator 10.0.3.