T-SECTOR: Testing Solid Earth Climate connections Through mid Ocean Ridge time series

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The rate at which ridges spread is a primary physical control on their composition and structure.  We will explore the relationships between spreading rate and glacial cycles by carrying out cruises across a factor of seven change in spreading rate, from 2.2cm/yr on the mid-Atlantic ridge to 15 cm/yr on the southern East Pacific Rise.  The sea-going program plans to make use of both the German and US research fleets.

The ship proposals are currently under review.

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