Conservative plate margin

At conservative plate margins, fault lines will be formed.

These are plate boundaries where two plate are either slipping past each other in opposite directions or at different rates in the same direction.

The plates do not move past each other smoothly.

There will often be a build-up of friction or energy that is ultimately released as an earthquake.

A good example of this is along the San Andreas Fault where the Pacific and the North American plates are sliding past each other.

Illustration showing the conservative plate margin in CaliforniaSan Andreas Fault
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