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#1 Bowsette

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 07:39 PM

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.
 
"It's good evidence the Earth's water came from within," says Steven Jacobsen of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The hidden water could also act as a buffer for the oceans on the surface, explaining why they have stayed the same size for millions of years.
 
 
Very cool discovery.

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 10:11 PM

Kinda makes sense if you think about it because scientists we're baffled when they couldn't explain why there was ice on Mars and Mercury. 


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 07:46 AM

This is cool on so many levels.

Of course there's the nifty science stuff, but most importantly, this is some serious Journey to the Center of the Earth shit here. 

We need ropes and harnesses and to go explore old magma pipes in search for massive caverns that aren't filled to the brim with water. 


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 12:45 PM

If I remember correctly though, ringwoodite doesn't contain liquid water...though I could be wrong. Still, this was, and is, a marvellous discovery.


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 01:53 PM

Looked it up and you're right. Reading the article gave me the impression that it was trapped between impermeable rock like oil and gas wells. 


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Posted 10 November 2014 - 04:15 PM

The fact that we're still making discoveries about the rudimentary makeup of our own planet astounds me and gives me hope. Discoveries are to be found everywhere.


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Posted 06 January 2015 - 03:01 AM

Very interesting. We are exploring newer species, outer space phenomenon, and unexplainable earth discoveries every day! Which leaves me to question about the discoveries more and more. :unsure:



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Posted 17 January 2015 - 06:47 PM

So, when do we start preparing the Jaegers?


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Posted 22 January 2015 - 09:41 AM

Thank you. This is a very good message. Perhaps is also water on the mars? Maybe live fishs there? This will find out with the mars Mission "Mars one" (www.mars-one.com) that start in the year 2023 to the mars. :)



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Posted 22 January 2015 - 03:21 PM

But, when do we get to drift with our perfect drift partner?

 

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