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IPS researcher Jellinek studies planetary plate tectonics
May 26, 2007
IPS faculty member
has published a paper in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters
that discusses why Earth is currently the only planet on which plate tectonics
In particular they show that, while Moon and Mercury have always been in a
situation called a 'stagnent lid', it is likely that Venus and perhaps Mars
might have been in a different regime in the past, and thus active plate
motions on their surface.
Nature Geosciences review
for additional information.