Popular Theory About Volcanoes Is All Wrong, Scientists Say

September 10, 2014 1:50 PM

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Popular Theory About Volcanoes Is All Wrong, Scientists Say

"Mantle plumes have never had a sound physical or logical basis," study co-author Dr. Don L. Anderson, professor emeritus of geophysics at Caltech in Pasadena, California, said in a written statement released by the university. "They are akin to Rudyard Kipling's 'Just So Stories,' a reference to the British author's tales offering silly explanations for how giraffes and other animals got their peculiar anatomies."

This illustration shows the upper part of a volcano. Scientists have long hypothesized that 'pipes' of molten rock (magma) extend to the Earth's core, but new data suggest they don't actually exist.

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