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  • Joe I heard you talking about the sleeping caldera. what's that?
  • It's below hot springs in Yellowstone, it looks like a crater. It got here by mantle plumes
  • Well actually Joe, scientists don't think that it's possible for a mantle plume to have reached the surface...
  • Wait, how did it get here then if the mantle plumes were blocked?
  • At first scientists thought that a slab of rock was blocking the mantle plume, and that the mantle eventually made it's way around it
  • But other scientists disproved this because as the slab sunk, it brought the thick mantle with it instead of it rising
  • I still son't get what happened then?
  • Me either
  • They found an additional heat source in the pacific. Juan de Fuca. Msgma oozes up between the tectonic plates
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