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Double-dunk tectonics

Nature Geoscience volume 4, pages 136138 (2011) | Download Citation


Continental crust is less dense than that of the oceans, and less likely to sink into the mantle. Nevertheless, an analysis of a high-pressure rock from the Swiss Alps suggests that more than one cycle of crustal sinking and return is possible.

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  1. Hannes K. Brueckner is at Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing, New York 11367, USA and at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, New York 10964-8000, USA.

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