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Ask Dr. Universe: What happens under a volcano?

Dr-Universe-230PULLMAN, Wash. – This question takes us on a journey deep into the Earth. Figuratively speaking, of course. It’s really hot under Earth’s surface. It’s so hot it can melt rock. This melted rock is known as magma. And anything that erupts magma is a volcano.

Under volcanoes are giant pools filled with piping hot mush. That’s what I learned from my friend John Wolff, a geologist at Washington State University.

“It’s almost like thick oatmeal,” Wolff explained.

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