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[Boiler Plate]

The mantle is about 500-700 km thick, consisting of Silicates surrounding Mercury's core and beneath its crust. It is thought that it does not rise and fall in convective patterns like on Earth and other larger planets, so it may not have cooled as quickly, enabling volcanism to persist over halfway through its lifespan.

Mercury/Mantle Web Pages[]

Mercury/Mantle In the News[]

Evidence of Younger Volcanic Activity[]

See Mercury/Volcanoes, Rachmaninoff Basin