Huge Ocean Discovered Inside Earth

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by thedude110, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005

    Am I the only who's entirely paranoid about this? Like I'm going to walk across Asia one day and like, drown in an ocean nobody can even see?

    Or that there are giant, futuristic lampreys down there like, waiting to kill us all?

    Look. There's four oceans. And nine planets. Stop messing with my science.

    God I dislike change.

    And water.
  2. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Ditto. :eek:

    Ooh, I think this is interesting:
  3. mcarnes macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2004
    USA! USA!
    Bush should spend a trillion dollars to wage war on those evil lamprey.
  4. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    This article makes my head hurt!! This is why I am in the humanities and not sciences.

    So let me see if I get this: the bottom of the ocean is rock which contains water in its pores. The rock sinks into the mantle (which I believe is molten?) and then the mantle magma heats the rock so that the water evaporates and saturates in the upper layers of the mantle forming an ocean under the rock floor of the ocean.

    Is that right?

    The one thing I don't get is that the scientist said the water would still look like rock. Why would it look like rock if it separated from the rock? Unless they are implying the water simply floated back up and rejoined with the ocean floor? In which case how is it different than the ocean-floor water infused rock to begin with? Unless there's an unsaturated layer in between?

    :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:
  5. iAlan macrumors 65816


    Dec 11, 2002
    Location: Location:
    interesting, but where can we pit our banana louges and beach umbrellas? It doesn't sound like there is much space down there for a beach party? And what about the surf? Are there any waves?

    Seriously, here we are spending billions sending little rockets and stuff all about the universe and it looks like we really don't know our own home planet as well as we thought.
  6. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    We knew this already. The Aquaphibian city of Titanica is down there :)
  7. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    Controlled by communist China, no less.
  8. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Was it really? That metaphor went completely over my head :D

    Too busy laughing at stupid old Marina I suppose.....
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Nothing to see here folks, move along. :)

    First of all, the water is locked into the rock and isn't free flowing:
    That's like calling a cement slab a "pool" before it's completely cured, or a concrete road a "river of water" soon after it's poured - hyperbole.

    It's a cool find, but calling it "an ocean of water" is a bit much. Is a salt mine "a dangerous and toxic vat of chlorine"? No. This is "a bunch of water saturated rock".

    Also, if you read the article and look at the linked image (click to enlarge) and caption, you'll note a similar amount of water under the much of the US. Does this mean Arizona is floating on a tropical sea? Er, no. :)

    Scientists probing the Earth's interior have found a large reservoir of water equal to the volume of the Arctic Ocean beneath eastern Asia. The left figure is a slice through the Earth, taken from the figure on the right, showing the attenuation anomalies within the mantle at a depth of roughly 620 miles. In both images, red shows unusually soft and weak rock believed to be saturated with water, and the blue shows unusually stiff rock (yellow and white show near-average values). Credit: Eric Chou
  10. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I was just reading a little book about the inside of the earth today. I find this sort of thing fascinating. Just a huge cave fan. Pity I'm absolutely claustrophobic!
  11. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    Somewhere in the afterlife, Jules Verne is sitting there with a big, **** eating grin on his face.
  12. appie57 macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2006
    water in the earth

    ok folks, forget about 'water' as you know it, also forget about lakes, caves etc etc of water within the earth. what people are discussing here is rock: solid strong hot rock, with a tiny bit of water or OH within the minerals that compose the rock. Ok, if you talk about very large volumes of rock, then even a tiny bit of this 'water' adds up to sizable volumes: but that's just a calculation, not physical reality.
  13. thedude110 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    The structure of your argument makes me question your intent.

    *grabs shovel and large sponge. looks up flights to Arizona*
  14. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Sorry to be unclear. All I meant was that an earthquake in the southern US would likely open a fissure to the water-laden rock below and create a giant inland sea, so anyone living there should keep a pontoon boat on their roof and have a quick means of getting to it.

    That's all. Nothing major.

    *** invests in pontoon boat manufacturer stock ***

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