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Throwing mud

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The causes of the catastrophic eruption of the Lusi mud volcano in Indonesia are hotly debated. Data from a nearby exploration well and a new look at the stress regime suggest that drilling operations, and not an earthquake set the eruption off.

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Figure 1: Example of a mud volcano.

KATIE ROBERTS

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Kilb, D. Throwing mud. Nature Geosci 1, 572–573 (2008) doi:10.1038/ngeo299

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