Mantle Plume Simulation (image) University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center Share Print E-Mail Caption Scientists have now made the best computational modeling yet of mantle plumes, hypothesized, mushroom-shaped upwellings of hot rock from the deep Earth. They plumes are hypothesized to form within the thermal boundary layer at the base of the mantle and are thought to carry heat from Earth's core that generates a volcano's magma. (Credit: Ross Maguire et al.) Credit Ross Maguire Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.