A Secret Ocean Has Been Discovered

Mega Ocean

Yes, the oceans are quite large.  You wouldn’t want to get lost in one.  But did you know that there was a recent discovery of an ocean reservoir that has a volume three-times larger than all the other oceans combined?  This finding is making scientists rethink the origins of Earth’s water supply.

ringwooditeThe water is actually hidden inside a blue rock called ringwoodite and it resides 700 kilometers below in the Earth’s mantle – the layer of rock between the core and the crust.  Most scientists believe that the origin of Earth’s water originated from comets slamming into the Earth in the early stages of its formation.  Now, with this discover, scientists are starting to theorize that water oozed out from the center in the early stages of development.

A team at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois used 2000 seismometers to study the seismic waves generated by more than 500 earthquakes.  It was like listening to the Earth as if it were a ringing bell.  By doing this they were able to determine the depth of a reservoir as well as determine what type of rock the underground water was passing through by the rate of speed in which the waves slowed down.

“It’s rock with water along the boundaries between the grains, almost as if they’re sweating,” says Steven Jacobsen of Northwestern University.  The idea of the possibility of this layer of ringwoodite came after a study by Graham Pearson who found a diamond that was pushed up by a volcano:  a diamond containing evidence of water bearing ringwoodite.

Judging how waves slowed down after being jostled around during earthquakes, Jacobsen hypothesized that there was a large layer of ringwoodite below the surface in the transition zone.  After growing ringwoodite, and observing how it interacted with water, he was able to confirm his suspicions.  It was the first evidence that there was hydrous rock above the Earth’s core.

“Since our initial report of hydrous ringwoodite, we’ve found another ringwoodite crystal, also containing water, so the evidence is now very strong,” says Pearson

Currently, they only have evidence that the watery rock sits below the surface of the United States but wants to figure out of this layer extends around the entire planet.

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One thought on “A Secret Ocean Has Been Discovered

  1. Never was and never will be true! These silly people base this absurd theory on one single diamond found in a type of naturally occurring volcanic glass (olivine). So here is the ASSUMPTION (coming from science) that because the diamond in question was found in olivine that it had to come from deep within the Earth. There is no evidence that this diamond even came from deep inside the Earth, it was simply found on the surface of the Earth. The diamond had an attached piece of Ringwoodite which is primarily found in meteorites and not deep inside the Earth. It’s way more4 credible to believe that this diamond came from a meteorite than from deep inside the planet. One thing about diamonds is that these beautiful but yet complex and organized molecular structures which are made from Carbon could never be created within the Earth because there would be needed an element that is yet still harder and more heat resistant than the diamond we know in order to create one. still according to standard theory of course. And since modern science can not prove what that supposedly abundant element-X is then it is only normal to assume that diamonds are not created within the Earth. They have to come from space and fall on Earth.

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