Sonar image of ocean floor

Sonar image of ocean floor

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This image is part of the feature The World Beneath The Sea

Credit: DR KEN MACDONALD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mid-ocean ridge. Image of the ocean floor showing two transform faults cutting across the Mid- Atlantic spreading ridge. The colours represent the depth of the ocean, from dark blue (deepest) through green, yellow and red to white (shallowest). The line of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is seen here as a large rift valley running down the frame. The dark blue horizontal feature at top is a large transform fault. The dark blue feature in the foreground is a small non-rigid transform fault. Note how part of the rift valley has slipped sideways (right) due to the transform fault in the foreground. This image was made using sonar and echo-sounding data.

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Keywords: atlantic, fault, faults, faults on rift valley, mid-atlantic ridge, ocean floor, rift valley, rift valley faults, seabed, seafloor, sonar, sonograph, transform, transform fault, underwater, valley

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