We were drinking Bitburger in a pub in the Mainz Altstadt (Fig. 1.1) when Jon Patchett said “the formation of the continental crust was the most interesting thing that ever happened to the Earth”. At first we were dubious, but after some argument, and a few more beers, he convinced us of his point of view. The segregation of the core had a greater effect on the overall structure of the planet, but this happened very early on and has had little subsequent impact on the evolution of the planet. Oxygenation of the atmosphere and the...

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