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Press Release 13-045

Scientists Discover Layer of Liquified Molten Rock in Earth's Mantle

Hidden magma layer could play role in shaping the geologic face of our planet

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Marine scientists on a ship at sea hauling in an electromagnetic receiver.

Marine scientists haul in a successfully recovered marine electromagnetic receiver.

Credit: Kerry Key


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Map showing the survey region where the research was conducted.

Map of the survey region where the research was conducted.

Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography


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Photo of a crew on a ship using a crane to deploy a receiver in the ocean

Crew deploying an ocean bottom electromagnetic receiver in the ocean off Nicaragua's shores.

Credit: Kerry Key


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Illustration showing recently discovered magma layer releative to the coast of Nicaragua

Orange-colored area enclosed by dashed line denotes recently discovered magma layer.

Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography


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Researcher on a ship pulls a receiver from the ocean using a crane

Researchers pull an ocean bottom electromagnetic receiver onto the vessel Melville's deck.

Credit: Kerry Key


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