Scientists study data from transatlantic geotraverse


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Information from the first complete geophysical investigation of the sea floor across an entire ocean is being analyzed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

According to the project's chief scientist, Peter A. Rona, analyses now under way are expected to turn up information toward: a more thorough and valuable understanding of past and present movements of the continents and rifting of the sea floor; an assessment of oil and mineral deposits in the deep ocean; the employment of the theories of sea-floor spreading and plate tectonics; and a better understanding of earthquake mechanisms.