“Global warming” in the general sense could; but the current human-induced phenomenon of global warming does not have any impact on the Earth’s tectonic plates. Scientists believe that prolonged periods (of a few million years) of extremely high temperatures (100 degrees F hotter than current) could shut down the motion of tectonic plates, “locking” them in place. However current estimates of global warming estimate a rise in temperature of around six degrees F, and (obviously) take a much shorter time frame than millions of years.
It is difficult to foresee exactly how global warming will effect Earth’s many complex systems, but most of those systems are integrated. For example, glacial ice puts a large amount of pressure on the land. Release of this pressure may in fact lead to increased plate movement as the buoyant continents quickly rebound, causing increased earthquake conditions.
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