Latin America: Earth’s crust under the Andes is sinking -study

A team led by geologists at the University of Toronto has found the Earth's outermost layer of rock is sinking beneath some Andean areas. According to the team, it happens because the part under the crust, the lithosphere, thickens and heats up, causing it to "leak" downward due to gravity.

Geologists have discovered a sinking of the Earth's crust under the Andes. The study has confirmed that the part under the rock layer is "seeping" deep into the planet, which explains some of the features of the mountains.

Certain parts of the Andes have features that the plate tectonics theory cannot explain. It has long puzzled scientists. Now a team led by geologists at the University of Toronto has found the answer to the riddle: The crust, the Earth's outermost layer of rock, is sinking beneath these areas.

According to the team, this happens because the part under . . .

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