Mantle Plume: for string quartet

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Mantle Plume is inspired by Icelandic geology, which I find endlessly fascinating. Iceland sits on a mantle plume, which is a pool of hot magma underpinning a thin area of the earth's crust. This is why there is so much volcanism in Iceland. Moreover, it is the one place in the world where the mid-Atlantic ridge can be observed above sea level, so one can find geological features normally only found at the bottom of oceans. Factor in its geographic position, in the path of so many North Atlantic storms, and at the boundary between the gulf-stream and the Arctic, and you have the recipe for an incredibly varied and distinctive landscape. Indeed, geology in Iceland takes place in fast-forward compared with most other places on earth: volcanoes are constant forming, which are then eroded or ground down by glaciers and rivers. Fire meets ice, creation meets destruction – the consequences of a battle between elemental forces. Iceland takes full advantage of its situation, generating its heat and electricity from geothermal energy.

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherComposers Edition
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2019

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