How do we know the sea floor is spreading?



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    Sea floor spreading supports what geologists refer to as plate tectonic, as well as continental drift.  We know the seafloor is spreading due to the following evidence:  sampling the basalt where seafloor spreading occurs has shown that the basalt gets younger the closer to the mid-ocean ridge we get.  Also, paleomagnetism has shown that the reversals in polarity are recorded in the basaltic rocks, and that there is a pattern in this record, which is conducive to seafloor spreading. 

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