A window into the Earth’s interior


Elementary particles open up new earth sciences
What is really happening inside the Earth? Whereas before they had to rely on hypotheses based on indirect observations, for the first time researchers are now using elementary particles to visualize the interiors of volcanoes and the Earth. And what is being revealed in these very first X-ray images of the Earth beneath our feet? Volcano muography, inspired by a leap of imagination Figure 1: Muographic image of Mount AsamaColors represent the mean muon density, with red representing higher mean muon densities. The red patch indicates magma that has cooled after extrusion. © 2014 Hiroyuki Tanaka. Images of Mount Asama published in 2007 astonished the world’s scientists. They revealed for the first time, the interior of an active volcano, impossible to see with the naked...Academic Information

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