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I understand that the mid-Atlantic ridge is a very extensive and quite active feature on the Atlantic Ocean sea floor. Since it is not within the specialty of this scientist, some internet research was done. Many sites on the internet contain recent information. Most of the ridge is submerged, and therefore little is known about the ridge and adjacent features except from geophysical studies and deep ocean research. Information at one site describes the ridge as follows: "The Mid-Atlantic Ridge marks the divergent boundary that runs through the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Here new portions of the earth’s crust are being formed and are pushing the continents further apart. The extent of the forces operating here is indicated by the amount of fracturing along the ridge. Cracks perpendicular to the ridge are transform faults, planes along which portions of the plates slide horizontally past each other." To help you in your quest for information below are some URLs to check out: Mid-ocean ridge tectonics www.ocean.cf.ac.uk/people/neil/mor/mor.html CONTINENTAL DRIFT, PLATE TECTONICS, AND THE BIBLE http://www.icr.org/pubs/imp/imp-032.htm Discovering Plate Tectonics http://earthview.sdsu.edu/trees/tectonics.html The Mid-Ocean Ridge en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-ocean_ridge Mid-Atlantic Ridge http://earth.agu.org/revgeophys/humphr01/node5.html Deep Ocean Basins: Oceanic Ridges - Mid-Atlantic Ridge http://www.coast-nopp.org/visualization_modules/physical_chemical/basin_coastal_morphology/principal_features/deep_ocean/oceanic_ridges/mid_atlantic.html Multi-scale spectral analysis of bathymetry on the flank of the Mid Atlantic Ridge http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1997JGR...10215447G The internet and texts on the subject available at many librarys should help you further in your quest. I wish you the best!
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