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An inner core slip-sliding away

An ingenious proposal holds that Earth's inner core is solidifying in the western hemisphere and melting in the east. The process is consequent on, and reinforces, its easterly slippage — or translation.

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Figure 1: Convective translation.

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Bergman, M. An inner core slip-sliding away. Nature 466, 697–698 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/466697a

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