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Terrae Laminis

By Esteban Benitez

Consider the Earth for a long moment. The Earth’s plates move three centimeters a year.
The Earth’s plates can be the size of an ocean. The Earth’s plates make up most of the Earth.
Terrae Laminis, earth plates, an english language student called them, and the language student
lives on one such plate, for plates hold up much more than only the Americas, yet not the whole
universe, with no more than fifteen of them shifting and supporting and maintaining the very
ground we step on and live on, the plates shift ever so closer as we go about and repeat our
routines unaware to their enormous size.
Each one supports a part of the world. They can range size from an entire ocean to a
small group of islands. They can shift in any direction. They constantly brush against each other,
causing earthquakes around the world. The plates have been around since the creation of Earth,
constantly moving and changing and affecting the future and what it holds. Consider for a
moment Earth’s plates who will slide past each other in the world: the North American,
Caribbean, Arabian, South American, African, Antarctic, Australian, Eurasian, Filipino, Juan de
Fuca, Pacific, Cocos, Scotia, Nazca, and Indian plate, each carrying the weight of the world and
causing breaks and shifts in daily lives.
While little seem to notice or care, earth’s plates have huge enormous gigantic immense
significant importance. Their importance, however, is often misplaced. Because they are made
up of tons of Earth’s crust, they move at a dreadfully slow pace. Beneath them lies the molten
layer of Earth, which claws and longs to break through the crust of the Earth. When those plates
do brush up against each other, the consequences could be disastrous. People are split apart,
some are hurt, yet all come through with a new mindset, suddenly aware of the power a single
shift has and how it can affect the world. The actions of a person can be impactful on a broader
spectrum, choose those actions carefully.
One planet that doesn’t have any plates such as ours is Venus. Often considered the sister
planet of Earth, Venus is constantly ravaged by a storm, with heavy acid rain and 186.4 mile per
hour winds whipping through it. It’s atmosphere is 93 times that of the Earth’s. With a very
hostile-to-life environment, Venus has been seen as unfit for life since the first of observations.
Furthermore, with no plates, it doesn’t have a diversified yet connected feel as Earth does.
Planets with and without plates have differing environments. With fifteen, Earth is able to
release pressure from itself every once in a while. With one solid surface of crust, Venus has
pent up pressure which doesn’t release itself which constantly builds.