OCEANOGRAPHIC CRUISE SUMMARY RECONNAISSANCE SURVEY OF NORTHERN MID-OCEANIC RIDGE.
Informal rept. 30 Jul-10 Oct 66,
NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE NSTL STATION MS
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A joint U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office and U.S. Coast Guard geological, geophysical survey was conducted during the summer months of 1966 on that portion of the mid-oceanic ridge that lies north of Iceland. Preliminary analysis of the data delineates the general form, magnetic signature, and size of the mid-oceanic ridge and several small related fracture zones. It was found that the mid-oceanic ridge between Iceland and Jan Mayen has an average width of about 60 miles and a poorly developed rift valley. East of Jan Mayen, the mid-oceanic ridge is well developed with a rift valley and flank provinces. It had been previously thought that the Jan Mayen Fracture Zone struck east-west in the region east of 5 degrees W. and 71 degrees N. Instead, it was found to be an en echelon feature striking northwest-southeast. This fracture zone extends from the base of the Greenland continental slope to the Norwegian coast. Author
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography