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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.


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Leaky Layers

Figure from the Nature Geoscience article, Geodynamics: Layer cake or plum pudding? by Paul Tackley (Nature Geoscience 1, 157 - 158 (2008)). The figure shows the current understanding of the ...

Thermal evolution and mantel convection

This page from the DLR Institute of Planetary Research provides some background on thermal convection as well as links to some 2D and 3D animations of mantle convection.

Mantle Convection Models in the GEON IDV

This page about the GEON Integrated Data Viewer examines its use in visualizing mantle convection. There are also links to six animations of convection that were created using IDV with different ...


This page from UC-Santa Cruz gives a description of the Earth's geomagnetic history, with several modeled images of the Earth's magnetic field. Included is a link to a PBS Nova animation of a ...

Imagining Earth's Interior

This image from the COMPRES galleries show a dozen conceptions of the structure of the deep earth. The composite image is by Ed Garnero.

Links to Mineral Physics

This chart shows how mineral physics can be an important part of both research and education across the geology curriculum.

Kirscher's Earth Stucture

Athanasius Kircher's 1665 conception of the Earth's interior.

The Superswell and Darwin Rise: Thermal No Longer?

This short online article, from the website, reviews the evidence for a thermal plume-related cause of the large shallow region in the western Pacific Ocean containing the Darwin ...

Superplume Concept Applies To Tharsis Area On Mars

This online article, published by the now defunct Daily University Science News (the article is still available in their archives), reports on the proposal of Victor Baker and Shigenori Maruyama, ...

Convection Plumes in the Lower Mantle

This is the classic 1971 Nature paper in which W.J. Morgan proposed deep mantle plumes for the origin of hotspots.

Teaching Mineralogy from the Core to the Crust
This Journal of Geoscience Education article discusses revising the typical sequence of a mineralogy course in order to enhance retention of information and facilitate learning. Beginning with the ...

Velocity structure of the Yellowstone hot spot from teleseismic tomography: Evidence for an upper mantle plume
This journal article uses modern seismic tomographic imaging and thorough analysis of related data to identify the source of volcanism for the Yellowstone hotspot. The study deployed a dense array of ...

Earth's Interior

This website contains class notes from a Geology 101 (physical geology) course. It discusses the composition and structure of the Earth

Cretaceous Superplume and the Mississippi Embayment

In this abstract for the 2000 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Cox and Van Arsdale suggest that pronounced uplift of the Mississippi Valley Graben region associated with Bermuda ...

Superplumes from the core-mantle boundary to the base of the lithosphere: evidence from Q tomography

This page at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory summarizes the recent results of imaging the superplume beneath the Pacific superswell region by the method of Q-tomography. The page includes ...

"Hotspots": Mantle Thermal Plumes

This website features the chapter on hotspots and mantle plumes in the online text "This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics", published by the U.S. Geological ...

Superplume Formation Beneath An Ancient Slab

Graduate student Eh Tan, working with Michael Gurnis at the California Institute of Technology, has recently discovered a plausible mechanism of generating superplumes at the core mantle boundary. ...

Glacial Isostasy

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.

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