Theory that oceanic crust forms along submarine mountain zones, known collectively as the oceanic ridge system, and spreads out laterally away from them. This idea, proposed by U.S. geophysicist Harry H. Hess (1906–1969) in 1960, was pivotal in the development of the theory of plate tectonics.
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When Seafloor Meets Ocean, the Chemistry Is Amazing: In More and More Places, Scientists Are Finding Vast Amounts of Natural Gas on the Ocean Bottom
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