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18: Geology of the Oceans

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    Marine geology or geological oceanography is the study of the history and structure of the ocean floor. It involves geophysical, geochemical, sedimentological and paleontological investigations of the ocean floor and coastal zone.

    Thumbnail: Map showing the underwater topography (bathymetry) of the ocean floor. Like land terrain, the ocean floor has ridges, valleys, plains and volcanoes. (Public Domain; NOAA).

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    18: Geology of the Oceans is shared under a CC BY 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Steven Earle via source content that was edited to conform to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.

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