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The process where denser oceanic crust is forced under continental crust. These convergent boundaries are sites for volcanic arcs.

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Can the process of subduction flatten the shape of a subducting plate relative to the plate it's going under?

There's something I’m still not quite getting about why island arcs are arcs. In the examples I’ve seen, the subducting plate is compared to a knife slicing across the surface of an orange - but it ...