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Space systems that provide measurements applicable to marine geologic studies can be divided into two categories: ground- based observations of artificial and natural satellites and stars, and satellite-borne sensors that make visual, infrared, and radiofrequency measurements of the ground and ocean. The ground- based measurements provide information on plate motion and intraplate deformation, as well as long-wavelength (> 1000 km) information about the earth’s gravity field useful in tests of hypotheses of plate motion. The satellite-borne observations provide information on short-wavelength (<100 km) variations in the gravity field that correlate with seamounts and other geologic features, observations of terrestrial...

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