Crust, Mantle, Peanut Butter?

We all learned it growing up - The Earth's crust is made up of three distinct layers: Core, mantle, and crust. Unfortunately, as with other simplistic theories like the tongue map, scientists have recently discovered that the real world is a bit more complicated:

One clue to the new thinking is that seismic waves traveling through the planet have long been measured to travel at inexplicably different speeds. Sharp speed changes suggest differing materials. On each side of the planet there are two big, chemically distinct, dense piles or blobs of material that are hundreds of kilometers thick – one beneath the Pacific and the other below the Atlantic and Africa, the researchers say.

"You can picture these piles like peanut butter," McNamara said. "It is solid rock, but rock under very high pressures and temperatures becomes soft like peanut butter, so any stresses will cause it to flow."

Hit the Link at LiveScience to find out more, or check out the full article at Science (subscription required)

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Maybe that's how we get peanut butter! I can't for the life of me wrap my mind over the idea that mashing peanuts creates the tasty goo paste. It must come from the Earth!
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