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Interpreting inclusive evidence

Crystallization of ascending magma may affect the style of volcanic activity. Pockets of melt incorporated into crystals provide windows on processes that occur several kilometres below Earth's surface.

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Figure 1: Photomicrograph of a plagioclase phenocryst with a melt inclusion.

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Hammer, J. Interpreting inclusive evidence. Nature 439, 26–27 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/439026a

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