Science: Mountains Under Water

The good ship Atlantis, an oceanographic research vessel, was back in Woods Hole, Mass, last week, after two months of seagoing mountaineering. Purpose of the voyage: to study the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the submerged mountain range that divides the Atlantic Ocean—from Iceland almost to Antarctica. The range breaks the surface at only a few points (the Azores, Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha). But if the Atlantic were drained dry, it would be one of the world's most spectacular ranges, with several peaks 20,000 feet above the ocean floor.

No Continent Lost. The Atlantis (jointly...

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