Hot spot

Authors

  • Michael Carlowicz


Abstract

Using an array of portable seismometers spread out directly above the proposed site of a hot spot, researchers from the Carnegie Institution of Washington (CIW) recently produced the first high-resolution seismic image of a mantle plume—a jet of hot material that rises from the deep mantle and partially melts, producing magmas that migrate to the surface through “hot spot” volcanoes.

Ancillary