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.


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2 Responses to “fantastic”

  1. 1 Gloria
    June 15, 2014 at 8:35 am

    The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein.

    Julio Verne had a great imagination for sure.

    Massive ‘ocean’ discovered towards Earth’s core


  2. June 17, 2014 at 10:28 am

    The question of an ‘Hydrous Mantle’ was evoked three month before, into the publication NATURE (March 12, 2014). She was based on another discovery, made by a Canadian scientist and its team. Personnaly, I found this information in a french scientific vulgarization magazin, a few days later. See the link to the article (in french) :

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