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Homegrown Quartz Muddies the Water

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Science  01 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5484, pp. 1449-1451
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5484.1449

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Mudstones are an important source of hydrocarbons that migrate into petroleum deposits, and they can reveal much about Earth's history--if they are read correctly. Now a team of geologists has found that a telling feature of many mudstones may have been misinterpreted, throwing into question conclusions about everything from climate to ocean currents.

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