Plate tectonics started practically 2 billion years earlier than we thought

Earth’s tectonic plates have been energetic for billions of years

NASA

Earth and its continents might have been shifting for longer than scientists beforehand thought, in line with a brand new examine that means plate tectonics developed during the last 2.5 billion years.

This new timeline is opposite to earlier research that mentioned it emerged solely 700 million years in the past, and it might impression fashions used to grasp how Earth has modified over time.

Plate tectonics is the large-scale movement of elements of Earth’s crust, and dictates how continents drift aside and are available again collectively. It helps to clarify the place …

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