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    Lava Luv. A primer, with loads of thanks to USGS.

    Nov. 2, 2008 (7889 views)

    As I'm sure you well know, the planet is a hot ball of boiling iron with a crunchy thin crust on the outside. The crust is made of plates that float around on the surface of the mantle, which is kind of a semi-gooey layer between the hot boiling iron and the thin crust. Most of the world's volcanoes form as 'pressure vents' around the edges of the plates. The Pacific Plate is one huge plate, volcanoes are all around it, and we are in the middle of it. We are also volcanoes, but we are...

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