Authors: Yongfeng Yang
Plate motion was widely thought to be a manifestation of mantle dynamics. However, an in-depth investigation shows this understanding incompetent. Here we propose, the tide-related oceans yield varying pressures between them, the application of these pressures to the continent's sides forms enormously unequal horizontal forces (i.e., the ocean-generating forces), the net effect of these forces provides lateral push to the continent and may cause it to move horizontally, further, the travelling continent works its adjacent crusts to move, these totally form plate motion. A roughly estimation shows that the ocean-generating force may give South American, African, Indian, and Australian continents a movement of respectively 2.8, 4.2, 5.7, and 6.3 cm/yr, and give Pacific Plate a movement of 8.9 cm/yr. Some torque effects of the ocean-generating force contributes to rotate North American and Eurasian continents.
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