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Mixing it up in the mantle

Analysis reveals that the uranium isotopic composition of oceanic crust that is being subducted into Earth's interior is distinctive, allowing the development of chemical heterogeneity in the mantle to be tracked. See Letter p.356

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Figure 1: Crustal recycling.


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Woodhead, J. Mixing it up in the mantle. Nature 517, 275–276 (2015).

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