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The yellow east-west trending lines (except possibly one) are transcurrent faults associated with mid-ocean ridges. They divide strips of ocean floor produced by segments of the ridge. A mid-ocean ridge is not a continuous line. Instead, it's a series of short segments offset from each other. Transform faults connect the offset spreading-center segments. In ...


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If I am understanding the question correctly those straight lines may not actually be lines, they may be strips or bands and they are bands that are not actually there. The bands are a result of combining the available sea floor profile data into a single map and are bands of sea bottom that follow the course of ships that do such mapping - thus the straight ...


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