Word of the Day: tectonic

The word tectonic has appeared in 75 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Aug. 4 in “Three Tourists Are Injured Near Volcanic Eruption in Iceland“By Michael Levenson:

The injuries, including a broken ankle, were not serious, but they underscored the risks that tourists face if they try to hike to the lava flowing from the Fagradalsfjall volcano in southwest Iceland, the spokeswoman, Hjordis Gudmundsdottir, said in an interview on Thursday.

…. There is a long history of volcanic activity in Iceland, which has more than 30 active volcanoes. The country straddles two tectonic plates, which are divided by an undersea mountain chain that oozes molten hot rock, or magma. Quakes occur when the magma pushes through the plates.

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