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How much heat is transported from the interior to the surface in the form of hydration enthalpy?

Heat is transferred from the interior to the surface through several methods. One is simply the conduction of sensible heat through the crust - I would guess this accounts for most of it. But some is ...
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How much heat flow is needed to maintain plate tectonics?

The Earth is emitting about 47 terawatts of heat energy, producing a heat flow of 0.0921 W/m$^2$ due to radiogenic and primordial heat energy. The heat flow drives mantle convection which in turn ...
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Are hot springs in non-volcanic areas radioactive?

Hot springs in non-volcanic areas are attributed to the interaction of water with hot rocks deep in the earth's crust: In non-volcanic areas, the temperature of rocks within the Earth also ...
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Wasn't Earth a magma ocean before the Iron Catastrophe?

I've always thought that the process of planetary accretion was energetic enought to keep the proto-Earth entirely molten, and that the subsequent evolution of the planet (the formation of the crust, ...
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Thermal spring. Gas and water characterization

I am interested in assessing a thermal spring in the Ecuadorian Andes. However I have no experience in these type of geological features and I am not sure how to proceed. The spring is located over ...
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What's that geothermal smell?

Visit any geothermal area like Iceland, Yellowstone or Rotorua, and you notice a disgusting smell. The web-pages all discuss hydrogen sulphide, but there is something else, like burned bacon. I'm ...
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Why it feels hotter at Night?

Why does the same temperature feel hotter at night? For example, 70 degrees literally feels hot at night when outside but during the day 70 degrees feels just mild when outside. Why is that? And ...