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Disruptive Science

'Wind' from Earth's middle layer blows through a secret passage beneath Panama

Stephanie PappasDecember 18, 2021

Researchers found a hole in the mantle layer of Earth in the Cocos tectonic plate, which lies right off the coast of Panama. Shown here, a 3D rendering of a topographic map of Panama. (Image credit: FrankRamspott/iStock/Getty Images)


A geological secret passage beneath Panama may explain why rocks from Earth's mantle are found more than 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) from where they originated. 

This opening, located some 62 miles (100 km) below Earth's surface, may allow a flow of mantle materials to travel all...

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