Definition of sea-floor spreading in English:

sea-floor spreading

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[mass noun] Geology
  • The formation of fresh areas of oceanic crust which occurs through the upwelling of magma at mid-ocean ridges and its subsequent outward movement on either side.
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    • After much thought, he proposed in 1960 that the movement of the continents was a result of sea-floor spreading.
    • The main figure demonstrates how sea-floor anomalies, also known as magnetic stripes, develop during sea-floor spreading.
    • The main figure demonstrates how sea-floor anomalies, also known as magnetic stripes, develop during sea-floor spreading.

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