Atlas Mountains are floating on a layer of hot molten rock, study finds

The mountains only descend beneath the surface to a depth of 35 kilometers.

Atlas Mountains are floating on a layer of hot molten rock, study finds

Science Recorder | Ellen Miller | Sunday, January 05, 2014

The standard model for mountains is that high mountains must have deep roots for support. The Atlas Mountains in Morocco, however, do not have deep roots, a press release obtained by EurekAlert reveals. Instead of being rooted to the ground, the Atlas Mountains are floating on a layer of molten rock... To continue reading, subscribe to Science Recorder today.

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