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  Information - US4 Shaping the surface of Earth and terrestrial Planets from the Inside Out

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The dynamics of planetary interiors profoundly impacts a wide range of surface processes, including the very existence of plate tectonics (yes on Earth, no on other planets), intraplate volcanism with the record setting Tharis region on Mars, magnetic events from the short to the longterm, the state of stress in the lithosphere, and vertical motion from basin to continental scales manifested in uplift and subsidence with impact on drainage systems and geomorphology. This session is dedicated to bring us up to date and discuss the current knowledge on how to identify and predict the surface expression of deep earth/planetary processes. During the last decade a large effort has been dedicated to increase the resolution of geophysical data acquisition experiments aimed at looking deep into the Earth with the objective of modeling and unravelling the impact of these processes at the surface. New projects (such as EARTHSCOPE in the US and TOPOEUROPE in Europe, and the joined European/US Grace Mission) are beginning to produce vast amounts of multidisciplinary datasets that place constraints on the interaction of deep and shallow processes. We will discuss the challenges and opportunities of these new efforts.

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