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The Evolution of Continental Crust [Preview]

The high-standing continents owe their existence to Earth's long history of plate-tectonic activity

S. ROSS TAYLOR and SCOTT M. MCLENNAN have worked together since 1977 examining Earths crustal evolution. Taylor has also actively pursued lunar and planetary studies and has published many books on planetology. He is a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences. Taylor is currently with the department of earth and marine sciences at the Australian National University and the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. McLennan is professor in the department of geosciences at Stony Brook University. His research applies the geochemistry of sedimentary rocks to studies of crustal evolution on Earth and Mars. McLennan is a member of the Mars Exploration Rover science team.

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