Cross-section through the Earth showing mantle convection above the Earth's inner and outer core.

The oceanic plate as part of whole-mantle convection. Illustrative vertical cross-section showing the oceanic plate sinking and destructing on its way down into the deep mantle, whereas hot mantle plumes next to large-low-shear-wave-velocity provinces (LLSVPs) form and rise back to the surface. Thicknesses of individual layers and structures are not perfectly to scale.

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