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The mantle's lava lamp

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Figure 1: Thermochemical convection in Earth's mantle as it might be now, inferred from Davaille's laboratory simulations1 with a buoyancy ratio of <0.5.

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McNutt, M. The mantle's lava lamp. Nature 402, 739–740 (1999) doi:10.1038/45416

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