Archive for June 15th, 2014




Jules Verne was right—sort of. When we saw the 1959 film Journey to the Center of the Earth in which was posited an underground sea, we took it for granted that it was fantasy.

Now, according to the June 12 version of  the New Scientist website, scientists using 2,000 seismometers to analyze 500 earthquakes have found the “ocean to end all oceans” near the Earth’s core.

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 about 435 miles underground between two layers of the mantle, the layer of hot rock between Earth’s surface and its core. The Earth, it seems, is waterlogged and its rock sweats a lot.
The huge size of the reservoir sheds new light on the origin of Earth’s water. Some geologists believe 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.


Groove of the Day

Listen to Polecat Creek performing “Salt Sea Bound”