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The origin of the Andes unravelled

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Why do the Andes exist? Why is it not a place of lowlands or narrow seas? Wouter Schellart, a geophysicist at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, has been pondering these questions for more than a decade. Now, he has found the answers using an advanced computer model. "It's a matter of enormous size, longevity and great depth," he said. "These aspects made the Andes the longest and second-highest mountain belt in the world." Central...

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