Hot Rock Under New England Raises Questions

Movement under the Earth’s surface intrigues geologists. Some spend their entire careers trying to solve mysteries of the deep. Some areas of the planet are more active than others. The west coast of America is riddled with earthquakes and keeps geologists on their toes. The East coast, however, is a generally quiet area. Recent findings show an unusual hot rock in New England.


The New England area is now host to a heated rock that seems to be rising from its current location about 160 kilometers under the surface of the planet. The mantle layer is located immediately under the Earth’s crust. There are similar hot areas in Hawaii and at Yellowstone Park. The difference with this is that no part of it reaches downward. Usually, geologists would expect to see a portion further down into the mantle with an accompanying affected area. These areas present as things like volcanoes and hot springs. This newly researched hot spot is simply described as a blob. Specialists and graduate students are working tirelessly to solve the questions surrounding its presence.

Average Happenings

The last theorized activity in this area is said to be millions of years in the past. Regular geological changes are apparent in New England. Consistent erosion is accomplished by erosion in response to water and wind. Seismic monitoring has alerted scientists to the hot spot prior to these recent studies. The area was recorded as a place of extremely hot temperature. Visuals were difficult to get until the introduction of more adequate machinery.

New Developments

The EarthScope project intercepted with increased seismic tools. The larger number of sensors painted a clear picture of the rock at hand. This new information allowed for better analysis of the situation. The researchers have been able to look for marks that usually accompany moving rock. The point of highest heat also showed an absence of expected marks. Moving rock leaves specific traces and these were not found in the area. More data is needed to make a conclusion of this rock’s appearance. One theory suggests that more high temperature areas are linked to this one. Specialists are working tirelessly to find out.

The Earth’s layers are full of mysterious items. The interlocking plates play an integral role in how the surface of our planet reacts. Information about these depths can shed light on how our environment reacts to changes. Predictions of natural disasters have already shown how important these studies are. Perhaps this new development can answer important questions about the planet we live on.

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