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Copper Chains: Study Reveals Earth's Deep-seated Hold on Copper

April 5, 2012

garnet pyroxenite xenolith 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. Full Story

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