Submarine volcanism

Hot, cracking rocks deep down

Most volcanism on Earth takes place under water, yet little is known about submarine eruptions. Monitoring of two volcanic seamounts beneath the Pacific Ocean reveals the pulsed nature of their eruption cycles.

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Figure 1: Lavas erupted at Axial Seamount.

© BILL CHADWICK/OREGON STATE UNIV./WOODS HOLE OCEAN. INST.

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Mitchell, N. Hot, cracking rocks deep down. Nature Geosci 5, 444–445 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo1505

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