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Tectonic maps of the northeast Pacific

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Tanya Atwater
Tanya Atwater
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Jeff Severinghaus
Jeff Severinghaus
Department of Geological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106
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Published:
January 01, 1989

The ideas of sea-floor spreading and plate tectonics were just exploding upon the oceanographic community when I (T.A.) was a young graduate student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the late 1960s. This was an exciting time; it seemed that the whole world lay waiting for reinterpretation. Recognizing the power of the Vine-Matthews hypothesis, Bill Menard had asked his draftswoman, Isabel Taylor, to plot all of the magnetic anomaly profiles so far collected by ships traversing the Northeast Pacific. The resulting map and its updates occupied a central spot on Bill’s huge work table for many years. Although I was not officially working with Bill, I was almost irresistibly drawn to his laboratory and to this map whenever I had a spare moment. For some years before, Bill had been mapping and writing about the great North Pacific fracture zones. With the addition of the magnetic isochrons, the sea-floor spreading story of the region unfolded before our eyes. He was like a child in a candy store; I was in heaven.

It was on this chart that we identified and mapped out the isochron patterns for the region and, using their mapped geometry, we were able to explore many sea-floor spreading and plate- tectonic phenomena (e.g., Menard and Atwater, 1968, 1969; Atwater and Menard, 1970; Atwater, 1970; Menard, 1978). However, the compilation of the magnetic profiles, itself, was never published. Over the years since, many additional profiles have been measured, and various detailed surveys and partial compilations have been published. On Plates 3A and 3B we have collected and presented these, along with many of the original profiles, and superimposed them upon our updated interpretations. We present these tectonic maps in honor of H. W. Menard and in memory of his tremendous, contagious joy in science.

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DNAG, Geology of North America

The Eastern Pacific Ocean and Hawaii

E. L. Winterer
E. L. Winterer
Scripps Institution of Oceanography La Jolla, California 92093
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Donald M. Hussong
Donald M. Hussong
University of Hawaii Department of Geology and Geophysics Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
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Robert W. Decker
Robert W. Decker
4087 Silver Bar Road Mariposa, California 95338
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Geological Society of America
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ISBN electronic:
9780813754659
Publication date:
January 01, 1989

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