Richards, Paul G. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, New York.
- Core formation
- Inner-core rotation
- Mechanism for rotation
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Recent research has shown that the Earth's inner core, a solid iron sphere comparable in size to the Moon, is rotating eastward faster than the rest of the solid Earth, at a rate of about 1° per year. This rotation is driven by magnetic coupling to convection patterns in the Earth's fluid outer core.
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