Category: Earth

Scientists helping to improve understanding of plate tectonics 0

Scientists helping to improve understanding of plate tectonics

Research team leader Professor Ian Jackson said tectonic plates were continuously created at mid-ocean ridges and destroyed when they sink back into the Earth’s mantle. “Plate tectonics is responsible for diverse geological phenomena including...

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Earth’s tectonic plates are weaker than once thought

“We are interested in large-scale geophysical processes, like how plate tectonics initiates and how plates move underneath one another in subduction zones,” said David Goldsby, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania. “To...

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Volcanic crystals give a new view of magma

Volcanologists are gaining a new understanding of what’s going on inside the magma reservoir that lies below an active volcano and they’re finding a colder, more solid place than previously thought, according to new...