An upwelling of molten lava has been detected just beneath the state of Vermont by geologists from Rutger’s University. The discovery is challenging previously held notions about how volcanic eruptions and seismic activity occur.
The discovery of a mass of molten lava that is rising like a “hot air balloon” just beneath Vermont in the U.S. is challenging all known textbooks concepts of geology. Scientists say that something is welling up from a deeper part of the planet under New England.
The co-authors of the study 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. It challenges the textbook concepts taught in introductory geology classes,” said lead author Vadim Levin.
“We’re interested in what happens at the interface between tectonic plates – thick, solid parts that cover our planet – and material in the upper mantle beneath the plates. We want to see how North America is gliding over the deeper parts of our planet. It is a very large and relatively stable region, but we found an irregular pattern with rather abrupt changes in it.”
Scientists were able to measure seismic activity due to thousands of measurement devices put into place with the help of EarthScope. Each device was placed 46.6 miles apart and covered the United States. Once measurements from the devices were taken, scientists discovered that there was something interesting happening between the tectonic plates.
Through thousands of seismic measurement devices, which were 46.6 miles apart, covered the continental United States for two years.
“We want to see how North America is gliding over the deeper parts of our planet. It is a very large and relatively stable region, but we found an irregular pattern with rather abrupt changes in it.”
He believes the molten lava found is mostly beneath central Vermont and western New Hampshire, but also under western Massachusetts. He thinks it may be present elsewhere, but the study’s findings were based on available seismic observations.
The Atlantic margin of North America hasn’t seen abrupt geological activity for nearly 200 million years. Though Levin says it will take millions of years for the rising lava to cause any trouble for inhabitants of the U.S., there are interesting theories suggesting that the solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs)we are experiencing, and can expect only to become more intense, can also cause increased seismic activity, perhaps accelerating Levin’s proposed timeline.
The Gaia theory (that the Universe is a synergistic self-regulating, and highly complex system) also suggests that the Earth, as well as the Sun and all other heavenly bodies are living, conscious beings, and it would only make sense that their interdependence would cause massive changes on earth, as the sun goes through its own growing pains.
As solar particles spew out from the Sun and reach the Earth’s outer atmosphere within 8 minutes of their release, these particles may interact with the Earth’s molten core, as well as the upper crust, in ways that we have previously not understood, especially considering that modern man has limited access to geological and cosmic wisdom from ancient times.
Surely, if these highly energetic particles or CMEs from solar storms can fry satellite connections, they are going to affect the way our planet’s “blood” or lava moves through her body. Levin and his team’s discovery certainly adds interest to the latest observations of strange phenomenon transpiring in and on Earth.