Evolution of the continental crust

@article{Hawkesworth2006EvolutionOT,
  title={Evolution of the continental crust},
  author={Christopher J. Hawkesworth and Anthony I.S. Kemp},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2006},
  volume={443},
  pages={811-817}
}
The continental crust covers nearly a third of the Earth’s surface. It is buoyant—being less dense than the crust under the surrounding oceans—and is compositionally evolved, dominating the Earth’s budget for those elements that preferentially partition into silicate liquid during mantle melting. Models for the differentiation of the continental crust can provide insights into how and when it was formed, and can be used to show that the composition of the basaltic protolith to the continental… CONTINUE READING
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