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Changes in Direction of Sea Floor Spreading


Magnetic anomalies and fracture zones make distinctive patterns when the direction of sea floor spreading changes as has occurred repeatedly in the north-eastern Pacific. The mode of deformation is such that the spreading centres between transform faults become uniformly reoriented essentially perpendicular to the faults.

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MENARD, H., ATWATER, T. Changes in Direction of Sea Floor Spreading. Nature 219, 463–467 (1968).

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