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New research on ancient Alpine rocks may unveil clues to Earth's evolution


 High up in the Western Alps is a swath of rocks that could provide new insight into what happens deep in the Earth's subsurface. A new $4.2 million initiative, known as the ExTerra Field Institute and Research Endeavor (E-FIRE), will allow researchers from nine U.S. institutions to conduct in-depth analyses of these rocks, which will improve our understanding of the forces governing activity beneath the crust and help us better understand the Earth's evolution.

Penn State received $449,000 of this grant to fund graduate research in this area, to analyze how thorium and uranium decay to lead in the Earth's subsurface and to archive samples collected during the field institute in the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum collections facility.  More

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