Why Earth's Inner Core May Be Slowing Down

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January 25, 2023

I will never fail to be amazed by how much we can learn about the inner workings of our planet, a place we are unable to visit directly and must learn about through other clues. In the latest news, there are some indications that the Earth’s inner core might be slowing down. Find out how scientists figured that out in the story below.

Andrea Thompson, Associate Editor, Sustainability
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