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Earthquakes occur periodically along fault lines.

In between such earthquake events at a transform boundary, the lithospheric plates are

A

storing potential energy as a result of plates encountering resistance as they try to pass each other.

B

releasing kinetic energy as one plate slides past another.

C

at rest, since motion of the plates would cause an earthquake.

D

being recycled through subduction.

E

being uplifted through continental collision.

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