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seafloor spreading

noun
1.
a process in which new ocean floor is created as molten material from the earth's mantle rises in margins between plates or ridges and spreads out.
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The process by which new material that lies under the ocean rises and pushes the existing tectonic plates aside, creating new crust as it does so.

Note: Sea floor spreading is making the Atlantic Ocean wider by a few inches each year.
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