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A new study by Rice University scientists Cin-Ty Lee (left), Gelu Costin (second from left), Ming Tang (second from right) and Hehe Jiang (right), and by China University of Geosciences’ collaborator Kang Chen (center) determined that Earth’s continental crust formed deep beneath continental arcs like the Andes Mountains. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)

Earth’s continental nurseries discovered beneath mountains

Geoscientists at the Rice University have found an answer of one of Earth science’s fundamental questions: Where do continents form? Scientists compared niobium, one of Earth’s...