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Seafloor Spreading 101

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  • To Do To Answer
    Complete the activity
    • How do the ages of rocks on the seafloor vary?
    • What causes these differences?
    Build a model of the seafloor
    • How does this model describe seafloor spreading and the features of the seafloor?
    Watch the Drain the Ocean documentary
    • Complete the attached worksheet.
    Read about Seafloor Spreading
    • What is the Mid-ocean Ridge?
    • Using the interactive map on this page, how are the locations of spreading centers, plates, earthquakes and volcanoes related?
    • Where does all the "extra" seafloor go?