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Geologists Get Unique and Unexpected Opportunity to Study Magma
February 16, 2011
Geologists drilling an exploratory geothermal well in 2009 in the Krafla volcano, Iceland, encountered a problem they were unprepared for: Magma that flowed into the well at 2.1 kilometers depth, forcing the researchers to terminate the drilling. The research team, led by a University of California, Riverside, geologist, believes it should be possible to find reasonably shallow bodies of magma elsewhere in Iceland and the world, which would make for attractive sources of high-grade energy.
University of California, Riverside
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