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What happens to the material of earth layers as we move closer towards the center of...

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caveman111 | Honors

Posted August 31, 2013 at 4:50 AM via web

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What happens to the material of earth layers as we move closer towards the center of the earth?

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kdmancuso06 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 7, 2013 at 5:53 PM (Answer #1)

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Earth material becomes denser as you move closer to the core. Once you move past the lithosphere and the asthenosphere and get deep into the mantle, you get into magma like material flowing at a very thick consistency. When you get into the outer core the density thickens and the material consists of melted nickel and iron. Then once you move deep into the inner core the iron and nickel has such a high density it solidifies into a solid state. So, in general, as you go deeper into the Earth, the material gets denser and eventually the particles get so compacted they beome a solid again. 

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