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The Crucial, Little Understood Science of the Seafloor

25 days ago   |   By The New Republic

In her 1951 book The Sea Around Us , Rachel Carson wrote that when she imagined the seafloor, “the single, overwhelming fact” that captured her imagination was “the accumulation of sediments.” The seafloor builds up through “the steady, unremitting, downward drift of materials from above, flake upon flake, layer upon layer,” over millions of years; geological change happens over time spans so long it is almost impossible to imagine. “The sediments,” she wrote, “are the materials of the most stupendous ‘snowfall' the earth has ever seen.”
Carson was writing at a moment of unprecedented...
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