plate tectonics

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New Mantle Reference Model Probes Volatile Recycling During Subduction 26 May 2016 Feature

With the onset of plate tectonics, surface elements began cycling into deep Earth via subduction…

The Oxygenation of Earth’s Atmosphere, Plate Tectonics, and the Deep Carbon Cycle 16 May 2016 Feature

Earth scientists from Rice University, Yale University and the University of Tokyo are offering a…

Witwatersrand Diamonds Suggest Plate Tectonics Started 3.5 Billion Years Ago 13 January 2016 Feature

Earth is the only planet in our solar system with plate tectonics. As a result, Earth’s crust is…

Plate Tectonics Changed the Air We Breathe 21 October 2014 Feature

Compared to its nearest planetary neighbors, Venus and Mars, Earth’s atmosphere is unusually…

Mantle Carbon Content Influences Plate Tectonics 22 May 2014 Feature

Earth’s mantle is not uniform. Different zones display distinct physical and chemical…

Water—and Beyond—in Earth's Mantle 13 February 2013 Feature

Characteristics of Earth’s deep water cycle such as the persistence of water on the planet’s…

Zeolites May Mask Recognition of Alkaline-Carbonatite Abundance 24 April 2012 Feature

A novel hypothesis links minerals of the zeolite group with carbonatitic magmatism through their…

Diamonds Pinpoint Start of Colliding Continents 15 February 2011 Feature

Jewelers abhor diamond impurities, but these mineral inclusions serve as time capsules and tell the…

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