Mountains, Trenches, Sunken Islands

Wolf H. Berger

in Ocean

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780520247789
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942547 | DOI:
Mountains, Trenches, Sunken Islands

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This chapter explains the concepts of continental drift, seafloor spreading, plate tectonics, and mantle convection to address the origin of the most striking features of the Earth’s surface. These include land areas and ocean regions, mountain ranges such as volcanic and nonvolcanic mountains, deep trenches, and sunken islands in the Pacific region.

Keywords: continental drift; seafloor spreading; plate tectonics; mantle convection; mountain ranges; trenches; sunken islands

Chapter.  19876 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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