Geoneutrinos and the radioactive power of the Earth

  title={Geoneutrinos and the radioactive power of the Earth},
  author={Stephen T. Dye},
  journal={Reviews of Geophysics},
  • S. Dye
  • Published 25 November 2011
  • Physics, Geology
  • Reviews of Geophysics
Chemical and physical Earth models agree little as to the radioactive power of the planet. Each predicts a range of radioactive powers, overlapping slightly with the other at about 24 TW, and together spanning 14–46 TW. Approximately 20% of this radioactive power (3–8 TW) escapes to space in the form of geoneutrinos. The remaining 11–38 TW heats the planet with significant geodynamical consequences, appearing as the radiogenic component of the 43–49 TW surface heat flow. The nonradiogenic… 
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