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This illustration depicts a tectonic plate as it is subducted. The dots on the image illustrate likely earthquake activity. The boundaries of the transition zone can be seen to deflect upwards and downwards because of the altered temperature/pressure profile inside the downgoing slab.
Originally uploaded in Cutting Edge:Topics:Deep Earth.

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Uploaded: Jan29 10

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