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Scientists Find Huge Water Stores 620 Miles Below Earth’s Surface

 

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Scientists believe that there’s a huge ocean 620 miles below the Earth’s surface. They also warn that if this water was ever to dry out then we could all die. Cool, nothing to worry about there, then.

Two studies appear to suggest that there are massive areas of water below the surface which are stored inside a mineral called brucite. The studies have shown that the water can be stored much deeper than originally believed and they can use the evidence gathered to work out just how much water is currently being stocked away.

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Brucite. Credit: WikimediaCommons

Researchers believe that this new evidence changes how we think about a water cycle. Understanding how much water is underground and at what depth is important to understand Earth’s geological processes, including earthquakes and volcanoes.

Mainak Mookherjee, one of the scientists involved in the study told the International Business Times: “For the activity of the planet, deep Earth water is equally important to water on the surface. My goal is to understand how much water is stored in the deep Earth. If the planet becomes dry on the inside, the planet dies because geodynamic activity within the planet ceases.”

But don’t worry too much because he also pointed out that the interior water isn’t about to dry up anytime soon. Phew.

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