We have attempted, in this brief survey of sea floor studies, to show where we have been and where we are now. But where are we going? An answer can only be tentative, of course. Just like other fields in the earth sciences, marine geology has experienced an exponential expansion of knowledge in the last two decades. This knowledge explosion is largely driven by technological developments: satellites, submarines, deep-sea drilling, all sorts of remote sensing devices, highly sophisticated laboratory equipment, and electronic information handling. Also, large-scale integration of geology with physics, chemistry, and biology has continued at a rapid pace, with new specialities arising from this cross-fertilization in quick succession, and recombining across disciplines to attack common targets: messages from the mantle, ridge-crest processes, fluid circulation in the margins, large-scale extinction, global environmental change.
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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Eugen Seibold
Ph.D. Prof. Wolfgang H. Berger
- Springer Berlin Heidelberg
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