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Press Release 09-232

Scientists Locate Deep Origins of "Hawaiian Hotspot"

Sea-floor seismometers open window into Earth's mantle beneath Hawaiian Islands

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Image showing the topography of the Hawaiian Islands in 3-D.

The topography of the Hawaiian Islands is shown in 3-D.

Credit: Paul Johnson, University of Hawaii


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Photo showing lava splattering near the coastal entry of Kilauea.

Lava splatters near the coastal entry of Kilauea.

Credit: Pete Mouginis-Mark, University of Hawaii


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Photo of smooth, unbroken pahoehoe at Kilauea.

A lava flow type called pahoehoe--smooth, unbroken lava--at Kilauea.

Credit: Pete Mouginis-Mark, University of Hawaii


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Aerial photo of Puu Oo cinder-and-spatter cone on the east rift zone of Kilauea.

Aerial photo of Puu Oo cinder-and-spatter cone on the east rift zone of Kilauea.

Credit: Pete Mouginis-Mark, University of Hawaii


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Photo showing a lava skylight at Kilauea.

This photo shows a "lava skylight" at Kilauea.

Credit: Pete Mouginis-Mark, University of Hawaii


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Photo of an ocean-bottom seismometer package.

An ocean-bottom seismometer package: green = seismometer, yellow = acquisition system.

Credit: Gabi Laske, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


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Photo showing the components of the seismometer acquisition packages on the deck.

On deck are the components of the seismometer acquisition packages.

Credit: Gabi Laske, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


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Cover of December 4 issue of Science

The researchers' findings appear in the December 4, 2009, issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright 2009 AAAS


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