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Iceland volcano fed by magma flowing at unprecedented, "ultra-rapid" speeds

Posted on AllSides February 8th, 2024
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A huge river of underground magma responsible for the recent eruptions at Iceland's Reykjanes peninsula flowed much faster than scientists initially thought. The 9-mile-long magma dike, as the underground reservoirs of magma are known, reached a flow rate of 7,400 cubic meters per second, or about 261,328 cubic feet per second. This is an unprecedented subsurface magma flow rate, according to a new paper in the journal Science. "Our inferred peak magma flow rate of 7400 m3/s is two to three orders of magnitude larger than in the 2021, 2022,...

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