Mantle convection, 3-D computer model

Mantle convection, 3-D computer model

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Credit: SHUO WANG/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mantle convection. 3-D computer model showing plumes of magma (dark grey) circulating within the Earth's mantle. The heat that drives this convective process originates from the Earth's core (dark yellow). Convective currents in the mantle drive plate tectonics and forms volcanoes on the Earth's crust. Image created by Shuo Wang et al., at the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.

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