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Copper Chains: Study Reveals Earth's Deep-seated Hold on Copper
April 5, 2012
The Earth is clingy when it comes to copper. A new Rice University study published this week in Science finds that nature conspires at scales both large and small--from the realms of tectonic plates down to molecular bonds--to keep most of the Earth's copper buried dozens of miles below ground. The study gives new insight into the way continents form and could help locate new sources of copper.
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