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On that assumption, they extrapolated a much more extensive paleomagnetic time scale. (Improved radiometric dating later endorsed the accuracy of the method.) And with that scale they swiftly mapped the history of ocean basins. Compared with a geologic map of a continent, it was a picture handsome and spare. As the paleomagnetist Allan Cox, of Stanford University, would describe it in a book called Plate Tectonics and Geomagnetic Reversals, “The structure of tl1e seafloor is as simple as a set of tree rings, and like a modern bank check it carries an easily decipherable magnetic signature.” Meanwhile, geophysicists at Toronto, Columbia, Princeton, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography were filling in the flexplek huren rotterdam last major components of the plate-tectonics paradigm. They figured out the geometry of moving segments on a sphere, showed that deformation happens only at the margins of plates, charted the relative motions of the plates, and mapped for the first time the plate boundaries of the world. If it was altogether true, as Hess had claimed, that with relative frequency “the whole ocean is virtually swept clean,” then old rock should be absent from deep ocean floors. Since ig68, the drill ships Glomar Challenger and JOIDES Resolution have successively travelled the world looking for, among other things, the oldest ocean rocks. The oldest ever found is Jurassic. In a world that is +56 billion years old, with continental-shield rock that has been dated to 3.96, it is indeed astonishing that the oldest rock that human beings have ever removed from a seafloor has an age of a hundred and eightyfive million years-that the earth is twenty-five times as old as the oldest rock of the oceans. In i969, it seemed likely that the oldest ocean floor would be found in the Northwest Pacific. The Glomar Challenger went there to see. Two Russians were aboard who believed that rock older than Jurassic-rock of the Paleozoic, in flexplek huren amsterdam all likelihood-would be discovered. They took vodka with them to toast the first trilobite to appear on deck. Trilobites, index fossils of the Paleozoic, came into the world at the base of the Cambrian and went out forever in the Permian Extinction-sixty-five million years before the age of the oldest rock ever found in modern oceans. As expected, the oceanic basement became older and older as the ship drilled westward from Hawaii.