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Why are there active volcanoes along the Pacific coast in Washington

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Why are there active volcanoes along the Pacific coast in Washington and Oregon but not along the eastern coast of the United States?

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Submitted: 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Amit replied 2 years ago.
HelloCustomer/strong> .
The correct answer is as follows:
We all know that volcanoes form near or close to tectonic plate boundaries (Convergent ones). The pacific coast is formed by two of converging ones ..namely pacific and north-american plate. As there are no such plate boundaries along the east coast, there are no volcanoes along the same.

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http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Imgs/Gif/PlateTectonics/Maps/map_plate_tectonics_world_bw.gif
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convergent_boundary



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