One side of Earth's interior is losing heat much faster than the other

Differences in heat loss on Earth may have an impact on how the tectonic plates are moving, according to a new study.

Picture of the interior of the Earh. Figure/Illustration: Vadim Sadovski / Shutterstock / NTB

Figure/Illustration: Vadim Sadovski / Shutterstock / NTB

Our planet is a bit lopsided. One half of Earth is losing heat from the planet’s interior faster than the other, and has been for much of the past 400 million years. 

The uneven heat loss is probably a relic of past supercontinents, when all the land masses were joined together on one side of the planet. “We see that the Pacific has lost more heat,” says Krister Karlsen (CEED)

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Publisert 16. mars 2021 14:30 - Sist endret 18. mars 2021 13:37