"Plate tectonics – the reigning paradigm in the earth sciences – faces some very severe and apparently fatal problems. Far from being a simple, elegant, all-embracing global theory, it is confronted with a multitude of observational anomalies, and has had to be patched up with a complex variety of ad-hoc modifications and auxiliary hypotheses. The existence of deep continental roots and the absence of a continuous, global asthenosphere to "lubricate" plate motions, have rendered the classical model of plate movements untenable. There is no consensus on the thickness of the "plates" and no certainty as to the forces responsible for their supposed movement. The hypotheses of large-scale continental movements, seafloor spreading and subduction, and the relative youth of the oceanic crust are contradicted by a substantial volume of data. Evidence for significant amounts of submerged continental crust in the present-day oceans provides another major challenge to plate tectonics. The fundamental principles of plate tectonics therefore require critical reexamination, revision, or rejection."
I have serious beef with plate tectonics as well for the exact same reasons. The features of the Earth can be explained better if the philosopher includes earlier stages of evolution, this is the whole purpose of stellar metamorphosis.
Many geology textbooks contain colourful pictures of uniformly thin (~150 km) plates moving over a continuous, global asthenosphere. Such pictures are far removed from reality. After reviewing evidence for 400-km-thick roots beneath stable cratons, Lerner-Lam (1988) concluded: "Evidently, the earth has flunked the seismological test of the thin-plate theory" (p. 51-53). He might equally well have said that plate tectonics has flunked the seismological test.
Roots. The plate has deep roots, this means they don't move. Like trees, your teeth and people who don't like to skip town, roots kind of stand in the way of motion. Also it means that in 1988 plate tectonics kicked the bucket (died) and morphed into a zombie theory, as it is STILL to this day taught as being "correct". Twenty-seven years has passed, it died when I was a 3 year old trying to figure out how to draw on the walls of the condo with crayons without my brother finding out.