The location had a great deal to be said for it- central, in the middle of a stable continental plate, good climate.
At the leading edge of a moving continental plate there will be little or no shelf.
So the Mediterranean is different from those inland seas which sit on top of continental plates.
The continental plates which powered them, however, were on a different and grander scale.
At the end of this era, the continental plates that had developed were more or less the same we have today.
But they can also occur in the more stable interior of continental plates.
The edge of the continental plate folds into a huge mountain range.
Granite is usually found in the continental plates of the Earth's crust.
A craton is the oldest part of a continental plate.
New Zealand sits at the boundary between two continental plates.