Geochemistry’s James Van Orman provides insight on the Earth’s core

Earth’s core is wilder than you can imagine

MashableJames Van Orman, professor of geochemistry and mineral physics at the College of Arts and Sciences, said the innermost part of our planet, Earth’s core, has a profound impact on our lives—even if we can’t get a glimpse of this impossibly remote, hostile place. The core is about the size of Pluto, yet scientists found that distant world in our solar system nearly a century ago, before discovering proof of the core. “That gives an idea of how remote it is, even though it’s right under our feet,” Van Orman said.