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Ballooning magma creates odd-shaped volcano

January 02, 2013

Ballooning magma creates odd-shaped volcano

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have used 20 years of satellite data to reveal a geological oddity unlike any seen on Earth.

According to a report, geologists have found a giant magma bubble that appears to look like a sombrero. Magma bubbles are pockets of air that form in the magma of a volcano; they are usually small in size. This bubble is not only unique for its shape, but it also happens to be one of the largest magma bubbles ever found on earth and the potential to unearth many new geologic findings.

The sombrero-shaped magma bubble was found in the Altiplano-Puna plateau in the Andes Mountains. It comes as no surprise that the Altiplano-Puna plateau is considered one of the most geologically active places on earth. On the plateau, the sombrero-shaped magma bubble is located at the center of a geologic uplift. A valley surround the uplift, which is being pushed upwards by the magma bubble.

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