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Australia’s moving!

Australia’s moving!
8 Aug 2016
 

Due to tectonic shifts, the entire continent of Australia has moved 1.5 metres north over the past 22 years, putting it out of sync with GPS.

To fix this, Australia is going to adjust its official latitude and longitude, putting the majority of the country back into alignment with the world’s GPS systems.

Tectonic plates are the Earth’s crust broken up into about 12 plates of rock which float on magma (molten rock). Currents in the magma move these plates slowly in different directions. Earthquakes occur along the boundaries of these plates. Earthquakes, which are caused by a build-up of tension between tectonic plates, change the structure of landmasses and the sea floor and can shift continents in moments.

Wildgoose related resources:

Tectonic Plates Poster

Australia Poster

Wipeable Coordinates Grid

Volcanoes Photopack

Earthquakes Photopack

 

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