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The slippery base of a tectonic plate

High-resolution imaging of the base of the Pacific plate as it descends beneath New Zealand discloses a 10-kilometre-thick channel that decouples the plate from underlying upper mantle. See Letter p.85

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Figure 1: A model of the subducting Pacific plate.

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Rychert, C. The slippery base of a tectonic plate. Nature 518, 39–40 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/518039a

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