The gaps between the drifting slabs are being filled up by rising melt, solidifying to new oceanic crust.
What does OC stand for?
OC stands for Oceanic Crust
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Nearly four billion years ago, at a time when the continents only occupied a very small part of the surface area of the globe, the oceanic crust of Isua was permeated by basic hydrothermal fluids, rich in carbonates, and at temperatures ranging from 100 to 300AC.
Geologists and other earth scientists from Europe, North America, and Australia discuss such topics as the geochemistry and secular geochemical evolution of the Earth's mantle and lower crust, geochemistry of the oceanic crust, some perspectives on stable isotope geochemistry, the geochemistry of the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide, urban geochemistry, and archaeological and anthropological applications of isotopic and elemental geochemistry.
The notion that rifted continental margins consist of thinned, extended continental crust abutting normal oceanic crust was dispelled years ago, nowhere more emphatically than in studies of the Iberian margin, where serpentinized peridotite was discovered intervening between extended continental crust and oceanic crust.
The bacterial communities in oceanic crust were as fertile and prodigious as those found in soil on farms.
The seismic events are located in thicker oceanic crust associated with the doubling of the collisional oceanic crust.
Dr Macleod said, 'The oceanic crust is usually 6km to 7km thick but the Earth's crust seems to be absent in this area of the Atlantic.
When oceanic crust meets continental crust at a boundary between two converging plates, the oceanic crust, being denser, is forced downwards in a destructive process called subduction.