Mantle Plume
Animation ID : AEA_6220
Length : 20 seconds
PAL 4:3
PAL 16:9
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An approach to the Earth, revealing a 3D cross-section beneath the Indian Ocean. A large mantle plume rises from the core-mantle boundary to the crust. It is these powerful convective forces which drive the fracture and rifting of the tectonic plates which make up the Earth's crust.

Data source: Planetary Visions Satellite Imagemap
Credit : Planetary Visions Ltd.