a process in which new ocean floor is created as molten material from the earth's mantle rises in margins between plates or ridges and spreads out.
Words nearby seafloor spreading
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British Dictionary definitions for sea-floor spreading
/ (ˈsiːˌflɔː) /
a series of processes in which new oceanic lithosphere is created at oceanic ridges, spreads away from the ridges, and returns to the earth's interior along subduction zonesAlso called: ocean floor spreading
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Science definitions for sea-floor spreading
In the theory of plate tectonics, the process by which new oceanic crust is formed by the convective upwelling of magma at mid-ocean ridges, resulting in the continuous lateral displacement of existing oceanic crust. See more at magnetic reversal.
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