Deepest Water Ocean Found 1000 KM Below Earth's Surface

Posted: Nov 26 2016, 8:36am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Deepest Water Ocean Found 1000 KM Below Earth's Surface
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  • Large Reservoir of Water beneath Planetary Surface may Evaporate leading to End of Life
 

A large reservoir of water that lies 620 miles beneath the planetary surface may evaporate soon leading to the end of life as we know it.

While water covers 70% of the earth, a large percentage of it also lies beneath the surface of the planet. There may in fact be huge quantities of water approximately 620 miles beneath the crust.

Without this water, volcanoes would go extinct and thus the material that is spewed from the bowels of the earth and fertilizes the soil would not remain extant.

All signs of life would vanish without a trace since no plants would grow and the animals that thrived on those plants would also perish for lack of nutrition. 

Water exists deep inside the earth. It is stored in a mineral called brucite. Though this water’s quantity is not known with any certainty, it could account for 1.5% of the earth’s weight, according to DailyMail via NewScientist.

This amounts to the same weightage of water as is found in all the oceans of the globe. The scientists thought that brucite would not store this much water. Yet now their hypotheses have been disproved. It appears to be the case that so much water is indeed stored by brucite deep within the earth. 

Also a diamond discarded by a volcano was discovered by the researchers. That took place 90 million years ago. This diamond had imperfections in it. Several minerals were trapped beneath the diamond.

They contained hydroxyl ions which are a by-product of water. The whole thing formed in the mantle of the earth. This is clear proof of water recycling taking place beneath the surface of the earth.  

Thus what we see here is that the water cycle is far more complex than we thought it to be. Water inside the earth has a big role to play in the equation. It helps in the convection currents.

If the water evaporates there could be trouble for those surviving on the surface of the earth. For one thing, the volcanoes would stop their activity. This would mean catastrophe on a planetary level as the soil samples around the world would not get fertilized properly.

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