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2012-03-26 09:21:40

A layer of partially molten rock about 22 to 75 miles underground can't be the only mechanism that allows continents to gradually shift their position over millions of years, according to a NASA-sponsored researcher. The result gives insight into what allows plate tectonics — the movement of the Earth's crustal plates — to occur. "This melt-rich layer is actually quite spotty under the Pacific Ocean basin and surrounding areas, as revealed by my analysis of seismometer data,"...

2012-03-22 10:20:43

GREENBELT, Md., March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A layer of partially molten rock about 22 to 75 miles underground can't be the only mechanism that allows continents to gradually shift their position over millions of years, according to a NASA-sponsored researcher. The result gives insight into what allows plate tectonics - the movement of the Earth's crustal plates - to occur. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "This melt-rich layer is actually quite...