seafloor spreading


Definition of seafloor spreading

: the divergence at mid-ocean ridges of the tectonic plates underlying the oceans that is due to upwelling from the earth's interior of magma which solidifies and adds to the spreading plates

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Recent Examples on the Web Dalton and her colleagues added to the picture by assembling a complementary high-resolution record for the Pacific Ocean, where seafloor spreading is faster and more complex. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 22 Dec. 2020 Instead, they are forged through what Sager refers to as an augmented type of seafloor spreading. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, 15 July 2019 Even after the seafloor spreading discovery, some Expanding Earth scientists stuck to their guns. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, 3 Aug. 2018 Soon after, an explosion in oceanic exploration helped flesh out the theory of seafloor spreading, eventually leading to the landmark 1963 paper that vindicated Wegener's original theory—with one major adjustment. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, 18 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of seafloor spreading

1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Seafloor spreading.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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