Browse through this collection of internet resources drawn from the SERC catalog based on their relevance to the Deep Earth and/or teaching about it.
Mantle plumes - both deep and shallow
This webpage summarizes a 2004 paper published in the journal Science by Montelli and others suggesting that some mantle plumes are &quot;deep&quot; (interpreted to originate ...
This site provides a broad suite of information and resources about "hot spots" and the current debate as to their existence. The site features technical tutorials and publications on a variety of ...
Tectonic Evolution of Western North America
This narrative set of cartoons illustrate a hypothesized sequence of events in Western North America's recent geologic history beginning at 30 Ma. Each cartoon is accompanied by explanatory text to ...
Temporal evolution of the Farallon slab
Figure 1 from "Reconstructing Farallon Plate Subduction Beneath North America Back to the Late Cretaceous" by Liu et al, published in Science [2008, 322(5903), 934]. This figure ...
This page discusses thermal convection as it applies to the Earth's mantle and includes three QuickTime movies for three different cases of convection: heating from below, heating from within, and a ...
This animation depicts the changes that occur in the mantle and crust when undergoing glacial isostasy. The animation covers both the thickening of the glacier and its subsequent melting.
Farallon Plate Remnants
This image and short video from the NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio shows the remnants of the Farallon Plate based on seismic tomography studies. The studies were conducted by Hans-Peter Bunge ...
Geologic History of the San Andreas Fault System
This page from the USGS resource This Dynamic Earth (online edition) describes the evolution of the western coast of North America. A series of block diagrams shows how the subduction zone along the ...
The Farallon Plate
In this animation from NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio, the Farallon Plate sinks beneath North American Plate and scrapes along bottom of continent for 1,500 kilometers before sinking again.
Subducting Farallon Plate under North America
Three-dimensional seismic tomography image showing the subducting farallon plate beneath the crust of western North America. Part of Princeton University's 'Art of Science 2009' gallery.
Numerical Models of the Geodynamo
This page from Peter Olson at Johns Hopkins University describes recent geomagnetic research. The page includes several illustrations and an animation of geomagnetic reversal.
Plumes or reheated slabs?
A scientific discussion of the evolving conceptual model of mantle development, focusing on penetrative convection as an alternative hypothesis to plume convection.