The Creation of the Ocean Floor

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Running head: THE CREATION OF THE OCEAN FLOOR 1 The Creation of the Ocean Floor Alisha Frank BIO/209 Oceanography Barbara Shoemaker February 22, 2016
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THE CREATION OF THE OCEAN FLOOR 2 The Ocean Floor The ocean is a wonderful, mysterious place where scientists continue to unravel the secrets of the oceanic world. The creation of the ocean floor is a continual motion of plate boundaries moving and shifting the sea bed. With the shifting occurrences can create natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. The theory of plate tectonics has been around since 1960. The theory of continental drift includes several knowledgeable arguments in defense of one or another. In an interview with Jacques Cousteau in 1996, he said “I said that the oceans were sick but they're not going to die. There is no death possible in the oceans. There will always be life but they're getting sicker every year” (Win Wisdom, 2011). Because the ocean floor splits to a new ground and the plate’s shifts possibly creating drift, the oceans will never die, just create new life. Plate Boundaries Three different plate boundaries include Divergent, Convergent, and Transform plate boundaries. “Divergent boundaries are found along oceanic ridges where new lithosphere is being added. Convergent boundaries are found where plates are moving together and one plate sub ducts beneath the other. Transform boundaries are found where lithospheric plates slowly grind past one another” (Trujillo, Thurman 2011. p. 50). The three plate boundaries have different functions. The divergent plate boundary moves away from each whereas convergent plate boundaries move towards one another. With the transform plate boundary, the plates slide
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