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  1. B40b SEAFLOOR SPREADING Atlantic Getting Bigger

  2. SEAFLOOR SPREADING • Idea that the ocean bottom is getting larger. • Atlantic Ocean • Proposed by Harry Hess • Evidence in rocks on ocean floor.

  3. mid-ocean ridge found running down center of Atlantic Ocean series of mountains on either side MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE

  4. 1 - youngest rocks nearest the ridge oldest rocks next to continents identical pattern on both sides THEREFORE: new rocks are forming ROCK AGES (B3, Figure 9)

  5. 2 - oldest rocks on ocean floor = 200 million years old oldest rocks on continents = 4.6 billion years old THEREFORE: new rocks are forming (B3, Figure 9)

  6. rocks on ocean bottom reflect earth’s magnetic reversals THEREFORE: new rocks are forming MAGNETIC REVERSAL INDICATORS (B3, Figure 10)

  7. ASSIGNMENT • Draw a section of the ocean floor and mantle flanking the mid-Atlantic ridge. • Use different colors to represent different rock ages. • Label: mid-Atlantic ridge and direction of plate movement.