By Jon Erickson
This absolutely revised and extended version of Marine Geology heavily examines the interrelationship among water and its lifestyles varieties and geologic constructions. It seems at a number of principles for the foundation of the Earth, continents and oceans, and the way those techniques healthy into the starting place of the universe. From substantial submarine canyons to ocean volcanoes, this quantity covers the whole realm of undersea landscapes and existence varieties.
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About 50 million years after rifting began, the infant North Atlantic had achieved a depth of 2 miles or more. It was bisected by an active midocean ridge system that produced new oceanic crust as the plates carrying the surrounding continents separated. The entire process of opening the South Atlantic took place in a span of just 5 million years. The South Atlantic continued to widen as more than 1,500 miles of ocean separated South America and Africa. Africa moved northward, leaving Antarctica (still joined to Australia) behind, and began to close the Tethys Sea.
They revealed that instead of miles of silt and mud, the oceanic crust contained only a few thousand feet of sediment. During the height of the cold war in the late 1950s,American and Russian oceanographic vessels mapped the ocean floor to enable ballistic missile submarines to navigate in deep water without grounding on uncharted seamounts. During heightened cold war tensions, when Russian aircraft shot down a Korean civilian airliner over Sakhalin Island on August 30, 1983, killing all 269 passengers and crew, an unprecedented search for the downed aircraft was conducted using the robotic submersible Deep Drone (Fig.
27) and pulled through elaborate obstacle courses in the dark abyss. However, the instruments were damaged or lost at an alarming rate. The most sophisticated device, called Deep Tow, carried sonar, television cameras, and sensors for measuring temperature, pressure, and electricity. During operation over the East Pacific Rise off the coast of Ecuador, the camera sled “flew” into a hot plume of water. Upon further exploration, photographs taken by Angus revealed a lava field scattered with large white clams.