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Spreading continents kick-started plate tectonics

A new computer model suggests that plate tectonics was kick-started by gravity and the spreading of continents during the early days of Earth. The work was published in Nature this week.

References :
Nature – 18/09/2014 - Spreading continents kick-started plate tectonics
Patrice F. Rey - Earthbyte Research Group, School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney
Nicolas Coltice - Laboratoire de géologie de Lyon (Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 / CNRS / ENS de Lyon)
Nicolas Flament - Earthbyte Research Group, School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney
Contact :
Nicolas Coltice, Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon
Published on the September 18, 2014