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Water in Mantle May be Associated With Subduction

August 19, 2009

map of Earth's electrical conductivity A team of scientists from Oregon State University has created the first global 3-D map of electrical conductivity in the Earth's mantle and their model suggests that that enhanced conductivity in certain areas of the mantle may signal the presence of water. Full Story

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