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This is a list of the biggest tectonic plates on Earth. Including small ones, there are about a hundred tectonic plate. These are only the large ones.

Primary plates

These seven plates make up most of the seven continents, and the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Secondary plates

These plates are generally shown on major plate maps, with the exception of the Arabian and Indian plates, which are smaller than the others.

  • Arabian plate
  • Caribbean plate
  • Cocos plate
  • Juan de Fuca plate
  • Indian plate
  • Nazca plate
  • Philippine Sea plate ( also known as the Filipino plate)
  • Scotia plate
  • Somali plate
  • Panama Plate

Tertiary plates

These are parts of major plates, and bits and pieces of ancient plates that became broken up.

  • Agean plate

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