Galapagos Microplate

The Galapagos Microplate is a small tectonic plate off the west coast of South America near the Galapagos Islands.Coordinates: 1°45′N 101°45′W / 1.75°N 101.75°W / 1.75; -101.75 It differs from most other crustal plates in that it is rotating clockwise between three much larger crustal plates around it, the Nazca, Cocos and Pacific Plates. To its north, an even smaller microplate, the Northern Galapagos Microplate is likewise rotating, but counterclockwise. Both microplates "mesh" along the interface between them.