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Will New Tectonic Fault System Kill the Atlantic?

• arclein
An enduring geological mystery, though, is how the ocean-swallowing subduction zones form in the first place. Oceanic crust cools and becomes more dense as it ages, so older crust may spontaneously buckle, sink into the mantle and form a subduction zone. But older crust is also stronger and more rigid – features that should prevent it

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