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The Easter fracture zone is an oceanic fracture zone associated with the transform fault extending from the Tuamotu archipelagomarker in the westto the Peru-Chile Trenchmarker to the east.

The Easter fracture zone extends roughly 5900 kilometers from 20oS,131oW to 26oS,78oW. The landscape consists of several ridges and isolated volcanos with maximal peak elevation above the seafloor of 3000m. Because the local seafloor has depths around 4000m to the north of the fracture zone and 3400m to the south of the fracture zone, most of its volcanic peaks form seamounts. They do rise above sea level and form the Pitcairn Islandsmarker and Easter Islandmarker.


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