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Massive ‘Ocean’ Discovered Towards Earth’s Core

January 7th, 2015

Baltic_Sea_Wave_(Cien_Water)From The New Scientist:19:00 12 June 2014 by Andy Coghlan

A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans has been discovered deep beneath the Earth’s surface. The finding could help explain where Earth’s seas came from.

The water is hidden inside a blue rock called ringwoodite that lies 700 kilometres underground in the mantle, the layer of hot rock between Earth’s surface and its core.

The huge size of the reservoir throws new light on the origin of Earth’s water. Some geologists think water arrived in comets as they struck the planet, but the new discovery supports an alternative idea that the oceans gradually oozed out of the interior of the early Earth.

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2 Responses to “Massive ‘Ocean’ Discovered Towards Earth’s Core”

  1. I’m almost sorry that this has come to light. I can imagine the mental shrugs that we no longer have to be concerned with a water supply. I am also disheartened that the major body sits under the US. Wonder how long fracking will change it’s focus from gas to water. Thanks for sharing, Philip.

  2. What an amazing find, what luck and yes, I agree with Tracey, what a shame that the people who are ‘in charge’ will not see this ocean as beautiful Gaia opening up her jewels to us to be honoured and respected. It just adds to the irony of it all. I have hope that we will find a way to see it for what it is; miraculous, awe-inspiring and one of nature’s many many wonders, not something that must be exploited and drained to its last drop, even though it will be a sorely needed resource for all those who do not have clean and fresh water in their lives.

    and doesn’t ringwoodite sound so mythical and magical ?

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