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    I think this can get even more complicated, based on an observation of real-world plate. Many of the plates have highly irregular shapes, and those with plate-peninsulas seem to have different parts of the plates moving in somewhat different directions relative to a neighboring plates. I assume this is do to the interaction of the forces from the main part of the continent's rotational velocity (which I believe is influenced by subterranean magma currents) and the friction and pressure caused by collision with neighboring plates. In some of these scenarios, it looks like a larger plate may be torn assunder by another plate smashing through it.

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    There are also several dozen or so more smaller plates on the Earth than that image I referenced in my first post. It's a lot more complex than "7 big ones and 8 small ones".

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    Thank you thank you thank you for writing this tutorial.

    This may be exactly what I need to get through those first few steps. I love this idea to death... xD

    Anyway, as if I haven't said it enough already, thanks. :3
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    If you like the tutorial do not forget to rate it! To rate the thread, look at the dark bar at the top of the thread - I'm guessing you might give it five stars!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravells View Post
    If you like the tutorial do not forget to rate it! To rate the thread, look at the dark bar at the top of the thread - I'm guessing you might give it five stars!
    Thank you for the tip, sir. I'll eventually get the hang of this place... :3

    Also, I'm coming upon a couple of plate interactions you don't cover here... would you happen to know what happens when plates move perpendicular to each other? I mean, I can guess, obviously, but...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Protera View Post
    Thank you for the tip, sir. I'll eventually get the hang of this place... :3

    Also, I'm coming upon a couple of plate interactions you don't cover here... would you happen to know what happens when plates move perpendicular to each other? I mean, I can guess, obviously, but...
    Bad earthquakes! But seriously, I have no idea (other than what I said in jest, though it is correct) I know somewhere on the forums, there is a link to a GREAT resource about how tectonic plate movement works. There is also a resource somewhere on steve jackson games website(might be the one I reference linked to above) about world building that includes how geology/vulcanology (and perhaps some other *ology stuff) works in relationship to building worlds from scratch.
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    Yeah. To complicate things further, plates don't only translate and rotate, they deform to some degree. More mountains eventually, or maybe, new baby plates.

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    And once again: Expeditious Retreat Press

    Look for A Magical Society: Guide to Mapping about 3/4 of the way down the page.

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    Subscribed and watching closely. this reminded me that one of my Overlays needs to be Tectonic movement although I think I have that under (hold on)... Oh Yes! My geology and Structure Map Overlay...
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