The timing of inner core nucleation is a hugely significant event in Earth's evolution and has been the subject of intense debate. Some of the most recent theoretical estimates for the age of nucleation fall throughout the Neoproterozoic era; much younger than previously thought. A young inner core requires faster recent core cooling rates and a likely hotter early core; knowledge of its age would be invaluable in understanding Earth's thermal history and total energy budget. Predictions… Show more
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