New mid-Atlantic expedition planned


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Tjeerd H. van Andel of Stanford University will be a coleader of a deep-diving expedition next summer to explore another section of the Mid- Atlantic Ridge. Working with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Woods Hole Oceanographic institution, and the University of California at Santa Barbara, van Andel's expedition will return to the 2-mile-deep area off the Azores where the Famous (French-American Mid-Ocean Undersea Study) expeditions in 1972–1974 confirmed the theory of continental drift. ‘We will return to the area,’ van Andel said, ‘to study an adjacent valley of the ridge that we surveyed in 1974 but didn't have time to explore. It is either more complex than the valley we did explore, or it is in a different state of development.’