Bathymetric and magnetic data obtained from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge near 45°N have been analyzed numerically to determine trends, offsets and local structure. The estimates of regional trends in the data reveal that the average structural trend in this area is 17°E of north, made up of nearly north–south segments periodically offset by small right lateral displacements. The east–west offsets, not always visually manifest in contour maps of the data have been located by a cross-correlation scheme. Frequent small offsets may be the way a ridge crest accommodates to a spreading direction not perpendicular to the general trend of the crest. There is evidence for an old, now dead spreading center to the west of the median valley. This old center with an orientation of about 15°W, terminating in a right lateral transform fault has been abandoned in favor of frequent small offsets which provide smaller resistance to spreading.

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