How long before Earth's core runs out of fuel?

EARTH'S core is the hidden heart of our planet, now known to be key in sustaining life on our world. This has led scientists to question how much longer Earth's core will stay hot.

PUBLISHED: 08:40, Tue, Jan 5, 2021 | UPDATED: 08:42, Tue, Jan 5, 2021

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This core is recognised as driving plate tectonics and providing shelter from the Sun’s relentlessly brutal radiation. An immense amount of power is required to propel our planet’s tectonic plate movement and power its formidable magnetic field.

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The energy is derived from the Earth’s core and scientists are aware how the core is constantly cooling.

Knowing exactly how much radioactive power there is in the Earth will tell us about Earth’s consumption rate in the past and its future fuel budget

Professor William McDonough

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However, at 10,000C (18,032F), many may be surprised to learn how the Earth's core still remains hotter than the Sun’s surface.

Earth’s massive magnetic field stretches far out into space, where it keeps charged particles at bay before they are swept away by solar winds.

These fields create an impenetrable barrier in space preventing the fastest, most energetic electrons from hitting life on Earth.

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Earth's core is the hidden heart of our planetEarth's core is the hidden heart of our planet (Image: Getty)

Earth's core is known to be key in sustaining life on our worldEarth's core is known to be key in sustaining life on our world (Image: Getty)

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Such Van Allen belts allow life to thrive on Earth’s surface, as their absence would result in the solar winds stripping our protective ozone layer that blocks-out violent UV radiation.

Space scientists suspect our nearest neighbour Mars once had a Van Allen belt of its own.

But once the smaller Martian core cooled, the red planet lost its shield, creating the desolate wasteland of all that remains.

The Earth's core still remains hotter than the Sun’s surfaceThe Earth's core still remains hotter than the Sun’s surface (Image: Getty)

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How long will the Earth's core last?

Earth has cooled slowly but surely since gravity started to accrete cosmic dust.

Although the primordial heat has largely dissipated from the ancient period

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