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New theory explains how Earth’s inner core remains solid despite extreme heat
Even though it is hotter than the surface of the Sun, the crystallized iron core of the Earth remains solid. A new study from KTH Royal Institute of Technology may finally settle a longstanding debate over how that’s possible, as well as why seismic waves travel at higher speeds between the planet’s poles than through the equator.
CLEWs article published in Nature Climate Change July 2013 issue
This article was written by some of our dESA researchers in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency, International Renewable Energy Agency IRENA, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Stockholm Environment Institute, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Food and Agriculture Organization and Agricultural Research and Extension Unit.