Geologists have discovered a lake under a volcano in Bolivia. The lake was discovered 15km underneath the sleeping volcano ‘Cerro Uturunco’.
[junkie-alert style=”green”] The research was published in journal Earth And Planetary Science Letters. [/junkie-alert]
They believe that the volume of 500,000 cubic km is covered by the lake. But this water is mixed with molten rock at a temperature of 1,000°C. It is believed that such lakes also exist in New Zealand and other parts of world where there are huge dormant volcanoes.
At University of Bristol an international team of scientists recreated such conditions to study the properties of the water.
They believe that only 20% of the rock is liquid, rest is solid but is mixed because of pressure. As soon as the pressure is removed the water will come out in forms of bubble, it may be the cause of eruption of volcanoes they believe.