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Sediment distribution in the oceans; the Mid-Atlantic ridge

Maurice Ewing, J. I. Ewing and M. Talwani
Sediment distribution in the oceans; the Mid-Atlantic ridge
Geological Society of America Bulletin (1964) 75 (1): 17-35


Seismic profiles from three crossings of the Mid-Atlantic ridge show that total sediment accumulation is small. In the north and middle parts of the ridge the sediments occur mainly in pockets and are unstratified. The basement surface on which they rest is uniformly rough from the crest of the ridge out to the lower flanks and farther outward below the basin sediments. In the south the sediment layer tends toward uniform thickness, and the ridge sediments are mainly pelagic. Study of the profiles, photographs, and sediment cores indicates that total accumulation in the oceans is small compared to that inferred from the accepted Cenozoic rates of deposition, but that relative amounts of carbonate and red clay conform to the accepted ratio of their respective rates.

ISSN: 0016-7606
EISSN: 1943-2674
Serial Title: Geological Society of America Bulletin
Serial Volume: 75
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Sediment distribution in the oceans; the Mid-Atlantic ridge
Pages: 17-35
Published: 1964
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
Accession Number: 1964-001473
Categories: Oceanography
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. (incl. sketch maps)
S57°00'00" - N60°00'00", W62°00'00" - E03°00'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Bibliography and Index of Geology Exclusive of North America, Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 1964
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