Nature 164, 682-684 (22 October 1949) | doi:10.1038/164682a0

Geology of the Deep-Sea Floor



AT the recent meeting of the British Association at Newcastle upon Tyne, six papers were given before the Geological Section on problems concerning the deep-sea floor. There was, in addition, an evening lecture by Prof. Hana Pettersson1, the leader of the Swedish Deep-Sea Expedition, 1947–48, in which he described the results far obtained from investigation on the material brought back by the expedition Judging by the enthusiasm at both the sectional meeting and the evening lecture, the study of the deep-sea floor is of general interest. This is doubtless due to the fact that the deep-sea floor, covering approximately two-thirds of the earth’s surface, is an almost unexplored region, and the solution of its problems, requiring the application of many sciences, will have an important influence on other earth sciences.



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