Essay about The Creation of the Ocean Floor

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The Creation of the Ocean Floor Anitreas Weeks SCI/209 January 26, 2013 Cynthia Collin-Clausen The Creation of the Ocean Floor When most individuals think about the ocean they visualize water, and the creatures of the sea. Rarely do individuals think about the sea floor or the creation process of it. Sea floor spreading and plate boundaries are not a common subject to anyone outside of a scientific or marine biology lab. The purpose of this paper is to identify plate boundaries. Compare and contrast ideas behind plate tectonics and the theory of the continental drift. There are many types of plate boundaries. Each one…show more content…
According to "Plate Tectonics" (2010), “Two plates sliding past each other forms a transform plate boundary. Natural or human-made structures that cross a transform boundary are offset—split into pieces and carried in opposite directions. Rocks that line the boundary are pulverized as the plates grind along, creating a linear fault valley or undersea canyon” (transform plate boundary). The activities of plate boundaries have a direct effect on nature. One natural occurrence that is a direct result of plate boundary interaction is earthquakes. This natural disaster causes worldwide devastation. When people hear the word earthquake the first thought is fear. For many the word earthquake is associated with loss of life, homes, and total destruction. The phenomena are described as a vibration in earth’s surface caused by eruptions or movements along a fault line. Earthquakes are not restricted by boundaries and time zones they have occurred in areas all over the globe. The brief description previously mentioned is only a portion of what earthquakes are. In actuality the movement of plate tectonics below the earth’s surface influences how earthquakes begin. According to United States Search and Rescue Task Force (2000), “Huge plates that form the Earth's surface slowly move over, under, and past each other. Sometimes the movement is gradual. At other times, the plates are locked together,
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