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We are the ancients, though we still sit among you.

We have many forms, and even more layers

No strangers to pressure, we use it to shine through

We'll hold you up while you kneel for your prayers

We have patience beyond compare

We'll crack and break and never whine

But when we fight, you'll know we're there

Especially if you toe the line


What is our name?

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I think you are the

Tectonic Plates

We are the ancients, though we still sit among you.

Plate tectonics probably started on Earth over 3 billion years ago, currently there are seven recognised plates.

We have many forms, and even more layers

Wikipedia gives an extensive list of plates. Processes like subduction mean the plates occupy several layers of the lithosphere.

No strangers to pressure, we use it to shine through

The plates often move and cause areas of pressure in the Earth's crust. This can be the cause of diamond formation.

We'll hold you up while you kneel for your prayers

We live on top of tectonic plates.

We have patience beyond compare

The plates are very slow moving in general, typically from 0 to 100mm per year.

We'll crack and break and never whine
But when we fight, you'll know we're there

A clashing of plates at a convergent boundary can cause earthquakes.

Especially if you toe the line

Toeing the line means being near a plate boundary.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hmm I was going for "rocks" but I guess they all fit the more specific instance. Nicely done! $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Jan 29 at 15:35

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