Contact: Sarah Yang
University of California - Berkeley
Caption: This is a 3D view of the top 1,000 kilometers of the earth's mantle beneath the central Pacific showing the relationship between seismically-slow "plumes" and channels imaged in the study. Green cones on the ocean floor mark islands associated with "hotspot" volcanoes, such as Hawaii.
Credit: Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, UC Berkeley
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