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An illustration of diamond rain inside an ice giant planet.

Diamond rains could fall through the interior of ice giant planets

An exotic form of precipitation called ‘diamond rain’  —  long thought to occur deep within ice giant planets  —  could be more common than previously thought. A team of researchers has experimented with material similar to that found within ice giants such as the solar system planets Neptune and Uranus, discovering that the presence of …

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The skyline of Santiago de Chile, Chile

Earth’s crust is dripping ‘like honey’ into its interior under the Andes

Earth’s crust is dripping “like honey” into our planet’s hot interior beneath the Andes mountains, scientists have discovered.  By setting up a simple experiment in a sandbox and comparing the results to actual geological data, researchers have found compelling evidence that Earth’s crust has been “avalanched away” across hundreds of miles in the Andes after …

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