The future already exists, you just have to look for it.
( Posted 3/23/2012; this article does not belong to me.)
The behavior of the plates can’t be explained just by a layer of partially molten rock. There are details missing.
“Something has to decouple the crustal plates from the asthenosphere so they can slide over it. Numerous theories have been proposed, and one of those was that a melt-rich layer lubricates the boundary between the lithosphere and the asthenosphere, allowing the crustal plates to slide,” says Dr. Nicholas Schmerr.
“However, since this layer is only present in certain regions under the Pacific plate, it can’t be the only mechanism that allows plate tectonics to happen there. Something else must be letting the plate slide in areas where the melt doesn’t exist.”
Happy New Year.
Oh man, I thought this was a cheesy joke or some prank by bringing back an old news story. Shit.
Oh no. Not again. : (
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