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International Research Team Reveal New Findings Dating Earth's Core Older than Previous Estimates

  • Sep 21, 2020

By creating conditions akin to the center of the Earth inside a laboratory chamber, an intercontinental team of researchers has improved the estimated age of Earth’s solid inner core, putting it at 1 billion to 1.3 billion years old. 

The study, conducted by researchers from around the U.S. and China, helps pin down the magnitude of how the core conducts heat and the energy sources that power the planet’s geodynamo — the mechanism that sustains the Earth’s magnetic field. The research was recently published in the scientific journal Physical Review Letters

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