The Sea Floor: An Introduction to Marine Geology by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Eugen Seibold, Prof. Wolfgang H.

By Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Eugen Seibold, Prof. Wolfgang H. Berger Ph.D. (auth.)

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Examples with volcanic units up to 3 or 5 km thickness from Atlantic rifting are "volcanic" margins as in East Greenland and Norway Voring plateau, see Fig. 4). Here deep-sea drilling confIrmed the character of "dipping reflectors" as ancient lava flows. Back to the Red Sea (Fig. 3 c), where the submerged margins are sinking on the cooling lithosphere! Thick reef structures can grow on these sinking blocks, building up a carbonate shelf, and further depressing the crust with their weight. If the Red Sea were only slightly less open, salt deposits would form - indeed there is evidence from thick evaporite deposits that this happened in the past.

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This question was raised well into the 1970s. Evidence for Sea-Floor Spreading: the Magnetic Stripes 33 What is "proof' in the geologic sciences? Can we prove that a fossil was once part of a living organism? 6 billion years? Can we prove that large continental glaciers once covered vast areas of North America and northern Europe? It all depends on what one is willing to accept as proof. Certainly, all the above questions were once vehemently answered with NO by experts, and would be answered with disbelief today - diesbelief that anyone would ask such a silly question.

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