Ocean Larger Than All Other Oceans Combined Might Exist Within the Earth
Try to imagine all of the water in earth's oceans. Now, try to picture an ocean larger than all of those oceans combined. Pretty mind blowing, right?
Scientific researchers believe that the source of all of the water on earth might possibly exist deep within the planet. Could there be a massive ocean hundreds of miles below the surface of the earth?
Ringwoodite is a blue mineral that naturally occurs 440 miles within the Earth's mantle.
It exists within the transition zone and it is the result of olivine in the Earth's upper mantle poly morphing as it sinks downward into pressure zones and higher temperatures.
Testing on ringwoodite found in a volcano in Brazil found that it is capable of holding 1.5--2.6 percent by weight water.
Proof of water below Earth's crust?
Ringwoodite has been shown to trap water as hydroxide ions, which could be the proof scientists need that there is massive amounts of water beneath the Earth's crust.
More tests were performed on ringwoodite to learn more.
Melting is a sign of water
Researchers discovered that as mantle material flows downward it melts while crossing from the transition zone to the lower mantle.
This proves that water is present because the melting is a water expulsion method.
This means the transition zone could have the same H20 as all the world's oceans.
More research is needed.
Scientists still don't know the answers - they need to do more research to determine if this reservoir wraps all the way around the planet.This would teach us more about the origin of water on Earth and the natural water cycle.
What an amazing discovery!