Why China's Largest Volcano Is So Unusual

Mount Paektu (also known as Changbai Mountain) is one of the largest volcanoes on earth and yet, for the longest time, nobody could explain where it came from or why it exists. Here we will discuss why this volcano is so unusual and how the geological mystery surrounding it could eventually be solved.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a geologist. The information in this video was presented after weeks of careful and thorough research about the topic. This video is merely meant as an illustrated introduction for basic educational purposes. Should you plan to use the information beyond that I advise you to cross-reference it by doing your own research. The sources below should provide you a good starting point.

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Voice-over by Matt Provenzano

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  • Can someone explain how the water filled mantle layer relates to flood basalt eruptions, because that totally undoes the facts in motion videos

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    • Very briefly. Mantle Plumes (the source of flood basalts) were initially envisioned as hot upwellings from the core mantle boundary. But in recent years it has emerged evidence that you can also have Plumes that (only) rise from the Mantle transition zone (so much shallower plumes). Hydrous rather than hot upwellings fueld through subduction related processes is a possible explanation for these plumes. I will probably make an updated video on the topic at some point this year.

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  • Volcano: *erupts* The world: "And nothing of value was lost."

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    Daniel FerraDaniel Ferra2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Sea of Japan -> East Sea.

    JH JangJH Jang3 өдрийн өмнө
  • This mountain’s located in North Korea, idk what made u put Chinese in the title. Big difference. Do not disrespect the name of Korea.

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  • I wish it would erupt. Problem solved .

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  • Very well made, got a lot out of this. Thx!

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  • Well done sir! I thoroughly enjoyed this video. I learned a great deal! However, at first glance, I noticed the “elephant in the room”….the lake is shaped like a bears head!

    1ratbite11ratbite14 өдрийн өмнө
  • Just to be clear, if the data of that volcano has been given out by the CCP, we must be very sceptical of the data is true.

    MrDGamezMrDGamez4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thanks for the information about this unusual volcano..

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  • Note the plate under the Polynesian Islands. This area has been used as proof of sea levels changing due to climate change. Yet it is obvious that the plates shifting is the biggest factor.

    NopRob4RobNopRob4Rob6 өдрийн өмнө
  • The plate is moving but the mantle's weak spot stays in same position ! Makes it look like the mountain / volcano is moving north west

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  • It would be interesting to see what similar things might be in antartica

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  • The hell's a kilometer?

    Lucky JesterLucky Jester8 өдрийн өмнө
    • I suppose you meant what is a kilometer. It's 1000 meters (39.37 inches) and it's about 0.62 miles.

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  • Expanding earth theory also explains the movement of land over hot points of earth's core.

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  • I thought, the country that has more volcanoes were Indonesia 😶😶 because I heard they have more then 150 active volcanoes 😶😶

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  • Not China’s.

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    • It's China's, regarding the tianchi area, originally 80% of them belonged to China, but we gave about 20% to DPRK as a gift~

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  • so the volcans did it

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  • I'm no geologist nor anything related to it, but I loved this video and I got to understand a little bit of the complexity of earth. Amazing 🤩✨🤩✨🤩✨🤩

    Daniel De OleoDaniel De Oleo12 өдрийн өмнө
  • next indonesia

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  • Baekdu Mountain?

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  • Brilliant video. Learned so much

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  • historically, this is a Korean moutain, not chinese.

    LKLK12 өдрийн өмнө
  • fun fact, changbai translates to "forever white" which means its always covered in snow throughout

    evanthebouncyevanthebouncy12 өдрийн өмнө
  • I knew that salt raises the freezing point of water, but never knew it weakened the crystalline structure. That's what happens when you don't live with snow and ice folks.

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  • Never seen a geology lecture as interesting as you did here, well done.

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  • Boom, mother nature just bombed China

    Luc Desaulniers (minardi)Luc Desaulniers (minardi)14 өдрийн өмнө
  • "Big mantle wedge" man I love that naming :)

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  • is anyone taking into account the nuclear bombing activity that may or may not be happening in NK to account for earthquake activity? does something like that matter when? that stuff can be found on a reciter scale right?

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    chrisdowdle1chrisdowdle114 өдрийн өмнө
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    AmericaWest90AmericaWest9014 өдрийн өмнө
  • Shame it cant blow itself up, and solve a bunch of the worlds problems.

    Shub NiggurathShub Niggurath15 өдрийн өмнө
  • Geology gets me so excited I get butterflies 🦋

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    examplerkeyexamplerkey15 өдрийн өмнө
  • This looks like the volcano from ‘You Only Live Twice’.

    Dennis MontalvoDennis Montalvo15 өдрийн өмнө
  • Second time I watch this video and the quality is baffling ! You put so much work into this, thank you

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  • Absolutely brilliant !

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  • It is believed that North Korean military used nukes underground at this volcano to release pressure successfully in the last decade preventing eruptions using a hydro nuclear fracking operation.

    Star ObserversStar Observers15 өдрийн өмнө

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  • Their All Portals Of Hell I'd Say.... Where It's A Brewing, There's FIRE...HELLL.SILPHUR YUK 🙋🇵🇷

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  • Excellent video. Thank you for the lesson.

    Cathy WickernCathy Wickern16 өдрийн өмнө
  • So...is this a watercano? 🤣

    SpushedSpushed16 өдрийн өмнө
  • earth is a living planet

    ron whittakerron whittaker16 өдрийн өмнө
  • at the start of the 21st* century :) 12:53

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  • Whatever. The second you said millions of years, I knew you had no idea!!!! Next....(click)

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  • The Greek word sin means "miss the mark". Humans are sinful by nature, and sin as a symptom of our imperfection, which is why we age and die. Our spirit is also flawed, and begins to die as soon as our bodies do as the natural consequence of imperfection, and as a punishment for evil. This is called Hell. We can't change our nature, but God can. Jesus, who was God in the flesh of a man, died for the remission of sin, including yours, was buried, and rose form the dead 3 days later. If you simply believe this applies to you and trust Jesus to save you, then you have everlasting life in heaven. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."- Acts 16:31

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  • Fascinating

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  • great effort of the video production. and the source material, i am gonna click subscribe.

    Mind RecoveryMind Recovery16 өдрийн өмнө
  • Hopefully it will produce a cataclysmic eruption soon and completely wipe out China and North Korea, first, and take out the rest of humanity thereafter. 🥲 Why? Because humanity is the scourge of the earth and entire universe

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  • This is a very educational video ! I like to see more productions. Thank you!

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  • Most impressive. Congratulations.

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  • Volcanos are earths acne.

    john ramseyjohn ramsey17 өдрийн өмнө
  • Bruh, Japan is pretty much one big volcano.

    Robert GallardoRobert Gallardo17 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you!

    minna finlandminna finland17 өдрийн өмнө
  • Just wanted ro comment on the great quality of the graphics as well as the scientific content in this video. It's extremely well researched and presented in a manner that is visually appealing and easy to understand for the layman. On a scale of one to ten...I give it an 11. Well done!!!

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  • Aliens

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  • in what levels of energy release would affect another Japan Volcano to be waken up at the same time?

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  • I wonder how many people think that the aerial pics are from satellites...IT'S COMPUTER GENERATED ... Just so you all know.

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  • I'm a stoner and school drop out. But find these videos more interesting than seth Rogen

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  • Fun Fact: Kim Jong Il was born there. Lmao 😂

    Mr. RustyMr. Rusty18 өдрийн өмнө
  • It would be crazy to try and run a siphon on that crater lake.

    Mr. RustyMr. Rusty18 өдрийн өмнө
  • Changbai is right next to where I grew up, though I had no idea how unusual, dangerous but at the same time beautiful Changbai is until watching this video. Thanks to the creator for making me realize Changbai is such a precious testimony of the earth's history!

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  • maybe the hotspot is dying?

    John DoeJohn Doe19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Cool info. Tx.

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  • A couple of historical facts about the mountain: 1. The entirety of the mountain had originally belonged to Korea, until Japan who occupied Korea in early 1900s secretly sold the land around the mountain to China. China later returned a half of the mountain to North Korea while keeping the other half. (Paektu and Changbai are the Korean and Chinese names of the mountain, respectively.) 2. When the volcano erupted in AD 946, the mountain was almost at the center of a nation called 'Balhae,' a successor of Goryeo (which is where the name 'Korea' came from). Balhae suddenly collapsed around that time, which is why some historians believe that the eruption played an important role in the fall of the medieval kingdom. 3. The eruption in 946 had a global impact; the average temperature of the planet is estimated to have dropped by around 1 degree Celsius for several years after the eruption, which caused famine all around the globe. If the mountain erupts again, similar effects will follow.

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