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Survey on NC coast to study continental drift

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BUXTON, N.C. -

Researchers plan to study the ocean floor off North Carolina using sonic blasts to learn how the continents broke apart.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported (http://bit.ly/1BJzKwL) the study is planned next month and in October.

Michele Walker with the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management says the ships conducting the study will be in important fishing waters off the Outer Banks.

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory plans to work through the National Science Foundation to operate two ships towing an array of air guns from 10 to 260 miles offshore. The routes would cover 3,000 miles.

Researchers will look at the role of magnetism in forcing the continents to drift apart.

Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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