oceanic tectonic plate in the eastern Pacific Ocean basin
The Nazca plate is an oceanic tectonic plate in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is named after the Nazca region of southern Peru.
The region is off the west coast of South America. The ongoing subduction of the Nazca plate under the South American plate is largely responsible for the Andean orogeny.
- ↑ "Sizes of Tectonic or Lithospheric Plates". About.com Geology. Retrieved 4 January 2016.