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'Magma P.I.' Unearths Clues to How Crust Was Sculpted

December 3, 2007

Bruce Marsh Expedition Scientist says that Earth's magma delivery system fractured the planet's crust to provide a sort of "template," guiding the sculpting of valleys and mountain ranges. Full Story

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