For a big view of inner Earth, catch a few … Geoneutrinos

By Diana Steele, 07:57 AM January 2, 2009

Were the Earth a crystal ball, you might gaze 2,900 kilometers down to its outer core with a telescope. The Earth, though, is frustratingly opaque — to light. Most knowledge of the planet’s internal structure comes from studying seismic waves, which give a kind of ultrasound image. Inferences about Earth’s internal chemistry rely on the elements found in near-surface rocks, meteorites and the sun.

Recently, geoscientists have developed a new tool for probing the Earth’s innards. Borrowing a pa...

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