Transform plate boundaries are one of the 3 plate tectonic boundary types along with divergent and convergent plate types.. This type of plate boundary is also referred to as a conservative plate boundary, as it involves movement but no loss or creation of material at the surface. a conservative plate boundary can cause earthquakes by the effects of the plate boundary. About 80% of earthquakes occur where plates are pushed together, called convergent boundaries. • The best known example of a Conservative (Passive) plate boundary can be found along the west coast of the USA where the Pacific Plate is moving in a North Westerly direction and sliding past the North American Plate.
Here, the 2 plates slide past each other in opposite directions, generating friction as they do. They don’t have notable features like large chains of mountains. There are three main types of plate boundary.

This has caused volcanoes, earthquakes and the formation of the Andes Mountain Range. Following an earthquake along a conservative plate boundary, there are often aftershocks as the additional stress on other areas along the fault are relieved. An example of a destructive boundary is the subduction zone between the Nazca and South American Plate. Destructive, constructive and conservative plate margins. Earthquakes at conservative plate boundaries can be very destructive as they occur close to the Earth’s surface. Transform boundaries typically produce large, shallow-focus earthquakes. Conservative plate boundaries and transform faults occur when plates slide past each other in opposite directions, but without creating or destroying lithosphere.
These are convergent (destructive), divergent (constructive) and conservative. A good example of a destructive plate boundary is where the Nazca plate dives underneath the South American plate. Examples include the San Andreas fault and the Anatolian fault. CONSERVATIVE PLATE BOUNDARY: A conservative plate boundary, also known as a transform plate margin occurs when two plates move horizontally alongside each other. California is a good example of this type of boundary. The most famous example is the San Andreas Fault of California, which marks a segment of the boundary between the North American and Pacific Plates. Yet they undergo devastating earthquakes such as the 2010 Haiti disaster because of the sliding Caribbean Plate. The direction of plate movement dictates the features and processes associated with each tectonic plate boundary. A conservative plate boundary, also known as a slip or transform plate margin, happens where plates slide past each other in opposite directions, or in the same direction but at different speeds. They can also move in the same direction, just at different speeds.Earthquakes can occur here due to the plates becoming stuck every so often, hence generating earthquakes. Since neither plate is stronger than the other, they crumple and are pushed up. Another form of convergent boundary is a collision where two continental plates meet head-on. This plate boundary is the cause of the San Andreas Fault. The San Andreas Fault is an example of a conservative plate boundary. 3.8 Conservative plate boundaries and transform faults.