Earth's Core Rotates Faster Than Its Crust

Posted on 08.23.2015

Scientists have ended a 9-year-old debate by proving that Earth's core rotates faster than its surface, by about 0.3 to 0.5 degree per year.

According to the UIUC News Bureau, the news release that just came out about Prof. Xiaodong Song's (Department of Geology) confirmation of inner core super-rotation has received "the most hits ON ANY TOPIC since [the news service] started the news search. [There have been] by far, the most original reports, not to mention AP story appearances. From the number of Google entries, every AP outlet with a Web site ran the story."