Thermal contraction joints in a spreading seafloor as origin of fracture zones

@article{Collette1974ThermalCJ,
  title={Thermal contraction joints in a spreading seafloor as origin of fracture zones},
  author={B. J. Collette},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1974},
  volume={251},
  pages={299-300}
}
IF newly formed oceanic crust is moving away from a spreading axis, it can be expected to contract by cooling. Vertically, the cooling is expressed in the existence and cross-sectional shape of the mid ocean ridges, where there is a relationship between depth of the ocean and age of the crust1. A steady state solution for a model of a lithospheric plate which cools while moving2–4 is compatible with data on topographical height.