The Japan Trench off the coast of Japan is part of the boundary between an oceanic plate called the Pacific plate and a continental plate called the Eurasian plate. At the trench, the Pacific plate is forced beneath the Eurasian plate, causing earthquakes in Japan. The Japan Trench is an example of which type of crustal feature?

D. a destructive margin


The best answer is Choice D. Destructive margins are places where one plate is being forced beneath another, and deep ocean trenches are characteristic of destructive margins between oceanic and continental plates.

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