Water Plays a Vital Role in Formation of Earth’s Crust
May 5, 2017
May 1 (UPI) — New research suggests water penetrates deep into the crust and upper mantle to cool rock and facilitate crust formation at mid-ocean spreading zones.
Earth’s crust is formed from magma upwelling at mid-ocean spreading zones, but researchers disagree on how the cooling process actually works.
“There’s a debate in the scientific community how oceanic crust forms,” Nick Dygert, a postdoctoral fellow in geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, said in a news release. “And the different models have very different requirements for cooling regimes.”
UPI, May 1, 2017
Featuring: Nick Dygert, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences