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Exhibitions > underworld by John Jackson 210511

African Superplume


African Superplume

In Japan, from 1996 to 2002 the Superplume Project was initiated. Earthquake energy was utilised to investigate the Earth’s Mantle, the region between the Earth’s liquid core and the tectonic plates. As a result it is now speculated that the Earth has two Superplumes. This painting is about one of them, the African Superplume.


An intertwining cluster of yellow gold, silver, orange and red spirals represents the Superplume itself. They originate at the mantle/core boundary beneath the Walvis Ridge under the South Atlantic and rise diagonally under Africa to just beneath Lake Victoria and the East African Rift System.


The dark blue to reddish orange and yellow areas to the sides of the Superplume represent the cooler mantle.


At the top on the right is Mount Kilimanjaro, in the centre top Lake Victoria and on the left are the Ruenzori Mountains and the Albertina Rift.


This artwork was displayed on channel Nine’s Extra program.

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