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Fledgling Mantle Plume May be Cause of African Volcano's Unique Lava


March 13, 2009

earth and environment graphic Nyiragongo, an active African volcano, possesses lava unlike any other in the world, which may point toward its source being a new mantle plume says a University of Rochester geochemist. The lava composition indicates that a mantle plume--an upwelling of intense heat from near the core of the Earth--may be bubbling to life beneath the soil of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The findings are presented in the current issue of the journal Chemical Geology. Full Story

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