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South Labrador Sea and the Evolution of the North Atlantic


Basement morphology and magnetic anomalies in the South Labrador Sea have preserved the history of the changes from a two-plate configuration of sea floor spreading to a three-plate configuration after the split between Greenland and Rockall Plateau and back to a two-plate configuration when the Labrador Sea stopped widening.

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LAUGHTON, A. South Labrador Sea and the Evolution of the North Atlantic. Nature 232, 612–617 (1971).

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