DURHAM, N.C. -- Scientists and students from Duke University will sail Friday toward an area in the Pacific Ocean off Ecuador above a dark, Grand Canyon-sized chasm to learn more about how new oceanic crust forms along Earth's 37,000-mile mid-ocean ridge network, which belts the planet like the seams of a baseball. Led by Jeffrey Karson, professor and chairman of the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, the expedition will travel southwest from Manzanillo, Mexico aboard the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution research vessel RV Atlantis to visit a place where the edge of ocean bottom ridge has been cross cut by a plunging rift known as Hess Deep.
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