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China's Exquisite Look at Earth's Rocky Husk Wins Raves

Science  05 Jul 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6141, pp. 20
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6141.20

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Last week, Chinese geologists unveiled early findings from SinoProbe, a 5-year, $200 million effort in which scientists imaged our planet's crust and uppermost mantle—together known as the lithosphere—by exploding dynamite and recording seismic waves from the detonations reflected back to the surface. SinoProbe is a prelude to a far grander project that China's Cabinet is now considering: a 15-year, $6.5 billion effort to peel away more secrets of the lithosphere.