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Geology: A trip to dinosaur time

A project to drill a 10-kilometre-deep hole in China will provide the best view yet of the turbulent Cretaceous period. Jane Qiu reports.

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Jane Qiu writes for Nature from Beijing.

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Qiu, J. Geology: A trip to dinosaur time. Nature 467, 150–151 (2010).

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