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Flow in Earth's Mantle Moves Mountains

June 3, 2010

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A study published in Nature suggests that some mountains in "mobile belts"--regions of crustal fragments, such as in the Mediterranean, the Rockies and the Himalayas--can rise due to upward pressure from the semi-liquid mantle. The study proposes a model for predicting uplift and likely volcanic hotspots in such regions. Full Story

University of Southern California

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