Contact: Claus Habfast
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
Caption: This is an illustration showing how the mantle plumes can be emitted from the core-mantle boundary region to reach the Earth's crust. Due to the lateral displacement of the tectonic plates at the surface, the mantle plumes can create a series of aligned hot spot volcanoes. A mid ocean ridge and a subducted plate are also shown.
Credit: ESRF/Denis Andrault/Henri Samuel
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