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  • Continental interiors may not be as tectonically stable as geologists think

    Researchers, from left, Manuele Faccenda, of the University of Padova, and Stephen Marshak, Quan Zhou, Craig Lundstrom, Jiashun Hu and Lijun Liu, all of the University of Illinois, are challenging some of today's leading theories regarding plate tectonics with their interpretation of ancient mantle-crust interactions.

    Researchers, from left, Manuele Faccenda, of the University of Padova, and Stephen Marshak, Quan Zhou, Craig Lundstrom, Jiashun Hu and Lijun Liu, all of the University of Illinois, along with Karen Fischer of Brown University (not pictured), are challenging some of today’s leading theories regarding plate tectonics with their interpretation of ancient mantle-crust interactions.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Lijun Liu, call 217-300-0378; ljliu@illinois.edu. To reach Craig Lundstrom, call 217-244-6293; lundstro@illinois.edu. To reach Steve Marshak, call 217-333-7705; smarshak@illinois.edu.

    The paper “Modification of the Western Gondwana craton by plume–lithosphere interaction” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1038/s41561-018-0064-1