“The upwelling we detected is like a hot-air balloon, and we infer that something is rising up through the deeper part of our planet under New England,” said Rutgers University geophysicist Professor Vadim Levin. According to Fox News, traces of the brooding mass only became evident through a large-scale new seismic study.
“Our study challenges the established notion of how the continents on which we live behave,” Professor Levin said. “It challenges the textbook concepts taught in introductory geology classes.”
Geologists said the region is geologically stable and there are no active volcanoes.
“It will likely take millions of years for the upwelling to get where it’s going,” Professor Levin said. “The next step is to try to understand how exactly it’s happening.”
According to Fox News, the huge mass of molten rock is creeping upwards beneath the Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire, and has been gradually making itself known to geologists. The idea that there may be a super volcano brewing under the nation’s northeastern states is something of a surprise.
“It is not Yellowstone-like, but it’s a distant relative,” Professor Levin says.
Volcanoes and so-called “supervolcanoes” are a fixture of the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire, or of Yellowstone National Park (which is itself just one giant caldera of one giant supervolcano). They’re not a fixture of the bucolic countrysides of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. But that’s about to change, as scientists have discovered a dome of magma bubbling up underneath the surface there, and it’s only a matter of time before it escapes.
The anomaly was discovered by Earthscope, a National Science Foundation (NSF) project to monitor the geology of North America to better understand the processes behind earthquakes and volcanoes. Geologists and seismologists were baffled when Earthscope told them that huge amounts of magma were churning 124 miles beneath the surface of New England.
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