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Mountains In Morocco Are Floating On Molten Rock

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posted on Jan, 4 2014 @ 03:54 PM
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The Atlas Mountains in Morocco are structurally different from mountains of similar height, according to new research which suggests that rather than being rooted dozens of miles beneath the surface, the mountains are buoyed up by superhot rock.


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The mountains are sitting atop a layer of molten rock that flows beneath the region's lithosphere, perhaps all the way from the volcanic Canary Islands just off northwestern Africa, researchers at the University of Southern California said.



The crust beneath the Atlas Mountains, which rise to an elevation of more than 13,000 feet, reaches a depth of only about 25 miles, about 9 miles shy of what the traditional model predicts, they said.


Poor mountains are floating with a depth of only 25 miles, I hope there is no strong wind to topple them
geologist got a wild imagination to say they are floating.




posted on Jan, 4 2014 @ 04:10 PM
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Well you learn something new everyday! Thanks for sharing.



posted on Jan, 4 2014 @ 04:42 PM
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We're all floating, the entire planet, on a massive ball of liquid rock and metal. Nothing new here but the perspective shift.

"This ground is not the rock I thought it to be."



posted on Jan, 4 2014 @ 04:48 PM
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as gravity is not constant and change as you approach the center i dont think is correct to say we are all floating over the core, it would be better to say we are compressing it



posted on Jan, 4 2014 @ 05:42 PM
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Brilliant opportunity for exploiting geothermal energy then!

(got to look on the bright side eh?)

Northern Africa can use Icelandic models and become pretty much self sufficient energy wise...then kick out the bankers like Iceland did too.



posted on Jan, 4 2014 @ 10:17 PM
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According to standard models, these mountains ARE floating. Very cool.

Good find.



posted on Jan, 4 2014 @ 11:38 PM
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True, true. It's both, really, the surface pushing down and the heat pushing up. A more apt analogy might be a water-balloon.



posted on Jan, 5 2014 @ 04:31 AM
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A perfect explanation for the Mediterranean being shut of from the Atlantic...

Floating rock wouldn't be much good to stop any liquid rock getting through imo.
An assumption though...

Nice find ! It appears that not all of the surface shows the same density ant weight...



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