New waterbody discovered near Earth’s core
It is known to all that most of the earth’s surface is covered with water. Water is one of the important things for human existence. Wherever scientists have found water resources, there were traces of life found.
The other planets in the universe have water but none of them has as much water as the earth has. Some scientists from the Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois have found a massive water reservoir located just near the core of the earth which is bigger than all of earth’s surface oceans put together. The reservoir seems to be extending for about 400 miles
The new discovery has led to assumptions that the earth’s water resource is this reservoir and the old theories are put to question. The old theory suggests that the water on earth could have been a result of a meteor or an asteroid hitting the earth. However, the old theory is now viewed with a lot of skepticism.
Geophysicist Steve Jacobsen said in a statement, “I think we are finally seeing evidence for a whole-Earth water cycle, which may help explain the vast amount of liquid water on the surface of our habitable planet. Scientists have been looking for this missing deep water for decades.”
“The ringwoodite is like a sponge, soaking up water, there is something very special about the crystal structure of ringwoodite that allows it to attract hydrogen and trap water. This mineral can contain a lot of water under conditions of the deep mantle.”
Jacobsen and his team used about 2000 seismometers to make observations of seismic waves generated by more than 500 earthquakes. These waves which move across earth’s core helped with the discovery. Another fact is that the newly discovered water body is just below the US. The team is trying to find more about the water reservoir.