EarthScope: Advanced Seismic Sensors Have Revealed That New England Could Explode With Hot Molten Lava – Like Yellowstone But Much Smaller in Scale.
“Now, all of a sudden, we have a much better eye to see inside the Earth. Ten years ago, this would not have been possible,” says study coauthor Vadim Levin, a professor at Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s department of Earth and planetary sciences. Every year over 50 eruptions rock our planet every year, and now new technology is allowing us to see what is going on underneath New England and it its very different that what has been previously thought. However, a major volcanic eruption isn’t likely for millions of years, a Rutgers University-led study suggests.
The upwelling we detected is like a hot air balloon, and we infer that something is rising up through the deeper part of our planet under New England,” said lead author Vadim Levin, a geophysicist and professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. “It is not Yellowstone (National Park)-like, but it’s a distant relative in the sense that something relatively small – no more than a couple hundred miles across – is happening.”
In an article, Mass of Warm Rock Rising Beneath New England, Rutgers Study Suggests, Rutgers reports that:
The study, which tapped seismic data through the National Science Foundation’s EarthScope program, was published online this week in Geology. Study co-authors include Yiran Li and Peter Skryzalin, who did their research through Rutgers’ Aresty Research Assistant Program, and researchers at Yale University.
“Our study challenges the established notion of how the continents on which we live behave,” Levin said. “It challenges the textbook concepts taught in introductory geology classes.”
The big takeaway from this paper is that Earth’s structure is even more intricate, more volatile and less predictable than previously recognized, says Meghan S. Miller, a structural seismologist and associate professor at the Australian National University’s Research School of Earth Sciences. “I think that kind of sounds simple and obvious in retrospect, but the Transportable Array data has allowed us to visualize how complex Earth’s structure really is,” she says.