Lately, it seems like every couple of days some amazing and amazing science news breaks out.
First there was the discovery of a terrifying black hole that was pointed directly at us, then a huge hole in the sun was discovered and the second largest blue hole in the world was found off the Mexican coast.
Now, people have just realized that there is a huge ocean hidden under the earth’s crust.
It turns out that there is a huge reservoir of water 400 miles underground stored in a rock known as Ringwoodite.
Scientists have discovered that water is stored in mantle rock in a spongy state, which is not in a liquid, solid or gaseous state, but in a fourth.
Scientific article entitled “Drying out and melting in the upper part of the lower mantle” It was published in 2014 and presented the results.
“Ringwoodite is like a sponge, it absorbs water, and there is something very special about the crystal structure of ringwoodite that allows it to attract hydrogen and trap water,” geophysicist Steve Jacobsen said at the time.
“This mineral could hold a lot of water in deep mantle conditions,” added Jacobsen, who was part of the team responsible for the discovery.
He added, “I think we are finally seeing evidence of a water cycle at ground level, which may help explain the large amount of liquid water on our planet’s habitable surface.” Scientists have been searching for these lost deep waters for decades.”
Scientists came to the findings at the time after studying earthquakes and discovering that seismographs pick up shock waves below the Earth’s surface.
From there, they were able to establish that water was trapped in the rock known as Ringwoodite.
If a rock contains only 1% water, that means there is three times as much water under the Earth’s surface as there is in the ocean at the surface.
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