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Rocks beneath volcanic hotspots can be surprisingly cool

Volcanoes shape the surface of the Earth, by bringing molten rock from the deep interior to the surface and creating the crust. The majority of the Earth’s volcanism happens at plate boundaries, so called inter-plate volcanism, including the mid-ocean ridges (like the East Pacific Rise... click to read more

  • Xiyuan Bao | PhD student at Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Views 292
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 15, 2022
What the Earth’s ‘voice’ tells us about its underground architecture

What's under our feet? Our planet has layered internal structures – the central inner and outer cores covered by mantle, crust, and the ground on which you are standing. While these layers are mostly solid, the outer core is liquid since it's extremely hot (around 3000°C)... click to read more

  • Tim Stern | Professor at School of Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Simon Lamb | Assistant Professor at School of Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Views 1357
Reading time 4 min
published on May 25, 2021