Uncovering the secrets of planetary crust formation
Plate tectonics – the movement of Earth's lithosphere – may have been driven originally by the low density of the planet's continental crust. Studies have revealed that this low density is caused by processes that affected the distribution of material throughout the continents. However, gaps remain in our knowledge regarding the characteristics of the crust on other terrestrial planets and how it formed. In particular, could similar physical processes occur on other planets with no plate tectonics? The EU-funded CRUSLID project seeks to address these gaps by developing a groundbreaking model to determine the crust characteristics of other planets. It will achieve this using multidisciplinary research and new planetary observations that could provide important insights into crust formation on primitive terrestrial bodies.
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Funding SchemeERC-COG - Consolidator Grant