Mystery Hot Spot near Santa Barbara
A reader by the name of Paul sent in the following link about the discovery of a mystery hot spot near Santa Barbara. It was first noticed last year after fire crews were putting out wild fires. “When I heard about the candy thermometer, I was amazed,” Mariner said, noting that the temperature of the volcanic vents he studies is typically 200 degrees, around the boiling point of water. “I thought these guys were pulling my leg.” With the help of an air reconnaissance flight and thermal infrared imaging, scientists found that the hot spot covers about three acres. The hottest spot was 11 feet underground, at 584 degrees.
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