The skyline of Santiago de Chile, Chile

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 being swallowed up by the viscous mantle.

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