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Lost terrains of early Earth

Isotope data provide insight into the earliest phases of terrestrial evolution. The latest reappraisal supports the view that the early Earth had a cratered crust which crystallized from a magma ocean.

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Figure 1: Lunar analogy.

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Jacobsen, S. Lost terrains of early Earth. Nature 421, 901–903 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1038/421901a

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