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Geodynamics refers to the processes by which mantle convection shapes and reshapes the Earth and other rocky planets. Its study includes plate tectonics, volcanism, the chemistry of lava and volcanic rocks, gravity and geomagnetic anomalies as well as seismic investigations into the structure of the mantle.


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  • News & Views |

    Deciphering the contribution of mantle convection to Earth’s surface elevation remains challenging, but it may have a dominant influence on mountain-building at subduction zones, according to a new study reconstructing the topographic evolution of Calabria.

    • Gregory A. Ruetenik
  • Research Highlights |

    An article in Tectonics identified asymmetric rifting during the break-up of Gondwana from variations in a thermal lithosphere–asthenosphere boundary model for the South American and African passive margins.

    • Erin Scott
  • News & Views |

    A global analysis of seismic waves has identified a widespread sharp velocity anomaly at the base of the low seismic velocity zone that is consistent with partial melting, closing a decades-long debate about the origin of this zone.

    • Geeth Manthilake
    Nature Geoscience 16, 110-111
  • News & Views |

    Venus and Earth have remarkably different surface conditions, yet the lithospheric thickness and heat flow on Venus may be Earth-like. This finding supports a tectonic regime with limited surface mobility and dominated by intrusive magmatism.

    • Diogo L. Lourenço
  • News & Views |

    New analyses of data from NASA’s InSight mission show that the majority of marsquakes arise from warm rocks near a set of young volcanic fissures. This ongoing seismicity reveals that this region was recently volcanically active and may remain so today.

    • Jeffrey C. Andrews-Hanna
    Nature Astronomy 6, 1349-1350