One of the mysteries of geology
The study is a rare step forward in understanding the origin of the Pacific, one of geology’s most enduring mysteries.
The work shows how basic thinking about plate tectonics can still yield surprises, says Bernhard Steinberger, a geophysicist at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, Germany. “This is one of those rare cases where a discovery could be made simply by an elegant thought,” he says.
We’ll be delving into Earth systems history over time, so this is rather serendipitous.