Heading to the mountains!

mid-atlantic_ridgeRU27 is about the cross one of Earth’s largest features, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. While we pass over this amazing feature, we hope we don’t actually encounter it. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is well below the crush depth. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is a spreading tectonic plate boundary in the sea floor located along the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. This system is the longest mountain range in the world. It separates the Eurasian and North American Plates in the North Atlantic, and the African Plate from the South American Plate in the South Atlantic. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs from 333 km south of the North Pole to Bouvet Island offshore South Africa. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is about 10,000 km long and connects a series of oceanic ridges. RU27 this labor day weekend will fly over a deep valleys that run along the axis of the ridge. This ridge is the actual boundary between adjacent tectonic plates.

The ridge was first suggested to exist by Matthew Maury in 1850. He was a giant, who was nicknamed the Pathfinder of the Seas and the Farther of modern Oceanography. Wow, like when in Wayne’s world when they encounter Alice Cooper, “We are not worthy!!!”. The Pathfinder of the Sea was made famous by books, the most important being the Physical Geography of the Sea. This is considered the first published work of oceanography. This grand intuition was confirmed by the greatest oceanographic cruise of all time the HMS Challenger. The scientists onboard found this massive undersea mountain chain (hoping to deploy a transatlantic cable). Later future giants of oceanography Marie Tharp, Maurice Ewing, and Bruce Heezen discovered the large valleys, mountains, and cliffs. These are the large features, which tonight RU27 is heading to. This weekend the we should be passing over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. So as the weekend grills stoke up  and cold brew is pulled from the Coleman cooler, toast Ru27 out in the North Atlantic.

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