mid-ocean ridge

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mid-ocean ridge:

see plate tectonicsplate tectonics,
theory that unifies many of the features and characteristics of continental drift and seafloor spreading into a coherent model and has revolutionized geologists' understanding of continents, ocean basins, mountains, and earth history.
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mid-ocean ridge

[′mid¦ō·shən ′rij]
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For researchers who have used multibeam systems in their studies, "the data have been like allowing us to remove several layers of opaque glass and get closer to an accurate definition of the seafloor," says Jeff Fox at the University of Rhode Island at Narragansett, who uses academic Seabeam systems in his research on the magmatic and tectonic processes at mid-oceanic ridges.
When scientists were outlining the scientific objectives of the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) five years ago, they made drilling at mid-oceanic ridges their number one priority.
Because these larger features have been well documented, Marsh's group focused on detecting smaller features such as the shape of the water above fracture zones that slice through mid-oceanic ridges.
The seafloor has been likened to a giant tape recorder, because as it is churned out conveyor-belt-style at mid-oceanic ridges, it becomes imprinted with the earth's changing magnetic field.
studied the rates at which the six major mid-oceanic ridges churn out new lithosphere (oceanic crust overlying tectonic plates).