Every now and then I run into a scientific review paper that is exceptionally good. Review papers are unusually important and are unusually comprehensive and well-written, for scientific papers. They are, nonetheless, not light reading.
But if you are willing to plunge in and get the gritty scientific details, here a a couple I’ve particular enjoyed recently. (They’re not recent papers, except to me.)
A really good one on how the continent of North America assembled.
And a really good one on the process of subduction.
Both should be freely available online. Neither is light reading, but I found it well worth wading through the heavier science with some references handy.