Ocean Crustal Dynamics

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Science  03 Jul 1981:
Vol. 213, Issue 4503, pp. 22-31
DOI: 10.1126/science.213.4503.22


The study of oceanic crust continues to be important because of the presence of economic resources in oceanic areas and because many fundamental problems of geologic evolution are best solved from studies of the ocean. Although modeling and syntheses of existing data remain important, key breakthroughs in the future will come from the application of new technology such as multichannel towed seismic arrays, deep-towed side scan sonars, improved thermal probes, deep drilling, and satellite altimeters.