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Yellowstone Supervolcano Could Be Fueled By Churning Chunks of Pacific Ocean Plate, Not Mantle Plume
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Yellowstone supervolcano could be fueled by a faraway heat source off the Pacific Northwest coast—which challenges the hypothesis that the mantle plume beneath Yellowstone is responsible for volcanism at its surface. Instead, the study helps scientists better understand the complex volcanic system that seems to have many concerned that a super eruption will occur. “The heat needed to drive volcanism usually occurs in areas where tectonic plates meet and one slab of crust slides, or subducts, under another,” Lijun Liu, lead author and geology professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said in a statement. read more
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