• Continental rifting can create major ocean basins, like the Atlantic.
  • A divergent plate boundary runs through the Gulf of California in Mexico.
  • The divergence is pulling Baja California and mainland Mexico apart.
  • In continental rifting, magma rises beneath the continent, causing it to become thinner, break, and ultimately split apart.
  • New ocean crust erupts in the void, ultimately creating an ocean between continents.
  • The Atlantic Ocean is the final stage, where rifting is now separating two plates of oceanic crust.
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