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University of Chicago
Caption: In the Feb. 1 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters, University of Chicago physicists Wendy Zhang (left) and Laura Schmidt, scientifically explain a feature of convecting fluids that colleagues have observed in laboratory experiments. The feature may help explain how hotspot volcanism created the Hawaiian Islands and other such landforms.
Credit: Photo by Dan Dry
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