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Changing of the plates

The composition of Earth's crust depends on the style of plate tectonics and of the melting regimes in the mantle. Analyses of the oldest identified rocks suggest that these styles and the resulting crust have changed over Earth's history.

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Figure 1: The Acasta Gneiss Complex in the Northwestern Territories, Canada.

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Brandon, A. Changing of the plates. Nature Geosci 9, 731–732 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2800

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