upper mantle

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Noun1.upper mantle - the upper part of the mantleupper mantle - the upper part of the mantle  
layer - a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another
mantle - the layer of the earth between the crust and the core
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Rock from the upper mantle slowly rises to fill the void between the plates, melting as the pressure decreases, then cooling and re-solidifying to form new crust along the ocean bottom.
Scientists have previously found that a spot in the upper mantle, just below the crust, in the Northeast is hundreds of degrees warmer than what's around it.
The Oman Drilling Project will sample the whole ophiolite sequence in Oman, from the crust through to upper mantle, in a series of boreholes.
On Earth, the lithosphere is the rocky crust and upper mantle, divided into tectonic plates.
The results of deep geophysical detection indicate that the crustal and upper mantle structures of the QTP's eastern margin are significantly different from that of the Sichuan Basin and South China block, which are located at its periphery.
The deepest newfound quakes, no bigger than magnitude 2, come from Earth's upper mantle at depths of about 30 kilometers --far below the conventional seismically active zone.
The new infrastructure we plan to install will reproduce the temperatures and pressures at depths where earthquakes occur in the crust as well as in the upper mantle of the Earth, with never achieved spatio-temporal imaging resolution to this day.
The diversity tells us that the Moon's upper mantle is much less uniform in composition than Earth's," Jolliff said.
1981): Crust and upper mantle structure of the central Iberian Meseta (Spain).
17-20) After the seafloor EM exploration technique became practical, the most important finding from the ensuing works was the presence of a highly conducting layer in the oceanic upper mantle, (21-23) the depth of which may be dependent on the age of the oceanic plate, in a similar manner to the seismic low velocity layer.
Crust Upper mantle Lower mantle Outer core Inner core THE discovery that the centre of the Earth has two cores has left scientists doubly excited.
Ophiolites are rare sequences of rocks formed when tectonic forces pushed upward a section of the Earth's upper mantle, oceanic crust and overlying sediments.