Oceans of Water stored 400 Miles beneath Earth’s Surface in Ringwoodite crystals

June 16, 2014 7:34 AM

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Researchers from Northwestern University and University of New Mexico have found deep pockets of magma located 400 miles beneath the Earth’s surface in North America, where lies oceans’ worth of water locked up in a type of mineral called Ringwoodite, within the Earth’s rocky mantle.

This newly found evidence of water beneath Earth’s surface could alter the understanding of the composition of the planet and how its oceans formed. Also it would help Scientists understand Earth’s water cycle, and how plate tectonics moves water between the surface of the planet and interior reserv...

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