Jam tectonics

Posted August 6, 2010

by Lensyl Urbano

Boiling jam will often create a froth that floats on top, much like the granitic continental crust floats on the Earth’s mantle. Also like the boiling jam, the mantle convects (even though the mantle is not liquid).

Convection in jam.

The darker red areas in the image are where the convection cells in the boiling jam reach the surface and push the froth away. It’s a bit like the bulge in the Earth’s crust that occurs beneath hot-spots and the mid-ocean ridges.

Model of convection in the Earth's mantle (image from Wikipedia)

Citing this post: Urbano, L., 2010. Jam tectonics, Retrieved February 23rd, 2018, from Montessori Muddle: http://MontessoriMuddle.org/ .
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