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This image shows a slice through the Earth at a convergent plate boundary
This image shows a slice through the Earth at a convergent plate boundary.

Trench: Subduction zone

This view illustrates just one of the ways that plates behave when they collide. In this case, one plate is pulled beneath another forming a subduction zone. The long, narrow zone where the two plates meet is called a trench.

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