Why We Want to Find Plate Tectonics in Space

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From SciShow Space.

It’s not easy to find active plate tectonics on other worlds, but doing so may bring us one step closer to finding a planet that can support life.

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Images

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oceanic_spreading.svg
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Thumbnail Credit

Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center

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