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Spreading continents kick-started plate tectonics
Rey, P.F.; Coltice, N.; Flament, F. (2014). Spreading continents kick-started plate tectonics. Nature (Lond.) 513(7518): 405-408. hdl.handle.net/10.1038/nature13728
In: Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 0028-0836, more
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Keywords
    Geodynamics; Geophysics; Petrology; Tectonics; Marine

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  • Rey, P.F.
  • Coltice, N.
  • Flament, F.

Abstract
    The slow gravitational collapse of early continents could have kick-started transient episodes of plate tectonics until, as the Earth’s interior cooled and oceanic lithosphere became heavier, plate tectonics became self-sustaining.

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