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Huge Underground "Ocean" Found Beneath Asia
National Geographic ^ | 2-27-2007 | Richard A Lovett

Posted on 02/27/2007 3:16:42 PM PST by blam

Huge Underground "Ocean" Found Beneath Asia

Richard A. Lovett
for National Geographic News

February 27, 2007

A giant blob of water the size of the Arctic Ocean has been discovered hundreds of miles beneath eastern Asia, scientists report.

Researchers found the underground "ocean" while scanning seismic waves as they passed through Earth's interior.

But nobody will be exploring this sea by submarine. The water is locked in moisture-containing rocks 400 to 800 miles (700 to 1,400 kilometers) beneath the surface.

"I've gotten all sorts of emails asking if this is the water that burst out in Noah's flood," said the leader of the research team, Michael Wysession of Washington University in St. Louis.

"It isn't an ocean. [The water] is a very low percentage [of the rock], probably less than 0.1 percent."

Given the region's size, however, that's enough to add up to a vast amount of water.

Earthquakes Reveal "Ocean"

Wysession and former graduate student Jesse Lawrence discovered the damp spot by observing how seismic waves from distant earthquakes pass through Earth's mantle.

The wet zone, which runs from Indonesia to the northern tip of Russia, showed up as an area of relatively weak rock, causing the seismic waves to lose strength much more rapidly than elsewhere (see map of Asia.)

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: asia; beijinganomaly; catastrophism; huge; jesselawrence; michaelwysession; notsogreatflood; ocean; originoftheoceans; subduction; tethysocean; underground; wadatibenioffzone
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1 posted on 02/27/2007 3:16:44 PM PST by blam
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2 posted on 02/27/2007 3:17:42 PM PST by blam
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So if you dig a long enough hole, you'll drown before you reach China?


3 posted on 02/27/2007 3:18:28 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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Map Of Asia

4 posted on 02/27/2007 3:18:52 PM PST by blam
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To: Paleo Conservative
nah- it'll just get a bit steamy.

and on that note, I propose naming this new phenomenon the 'saunasphere'
5 posted on 02/27/2007 3:20:31 PM PST by verum ago (The Iranian Space Agency: set phasers to jihad!)
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Headline:

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER WET SPOT

You can take it from there.
6 posted on 02/27/2007 3:23:46 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (] Tagline Under Construction [)
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Somehow, this must have been caused by global warming.


7 posted on 02/27/2007 3:25:07 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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Huge Underground "Ocean" Found Beneath Asia

There goes my nougat center theory!

8 posted on 02/27/2007 3:25:32 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: blam

So Russia is laying in the wet spot is what I'm hearing here?


9 posted on 02/27/2007 3:26:22 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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I just bought a tour package to the new ocean on Travelocity.


10 posted on 02/27/2007 3:26:36 PM PST by Buck W. (If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

No by GWB!!


11 posted on 02/27/2007 3:26:58 PM PST by bubman
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To: blam

I remember a Japanese scientist reporting a similar finding perhaps 10 years ago. I seem to remember the submarine ocean being beneath japan at a depth of a bout 200 miles.


12 posted on 02/27/2007 3:28:27 PM PST by fso301
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It isn't an ocean.

Which apparently didn't impress the author enough to get him to quit referring to it as one.

13 posted on 02/27/2007 3:31:24 PM PST by Doohickey (I am not unappeasable. YOU are just too easily appeased.)
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If this isn't proof of global warming, I don't know what is.


14 posted on 02/27/2007 3:34:20 PM PST by pax_et_bonum (I will always love you, Flyer.)
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Researchers found the underground "ocean" while scanning seismic waves as they passed through Earth's interior.

Would be interesting to read an account of the adventures of the researchers as they passed through the Earth's interior. Must have been quite a trip.


15 posted on 02/27/2007 3:37:08 PM PST by SirJohnBarleycorn
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Very interesting.


16 posted on 02/27/2007 3:38:03 PM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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Mr. Wysession handled the Flood questions pretty cordially (at least in this article), considering he is probably not a Creationist.


17 posted on 02/27/2007 3:39:26 PM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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800 (hundred !) miles down?

And he still calls it "water" - this is well under the (thin) continent rocks ... So I'd call anything surrounded by rocks hot enough to melt "moist lava" not a "ocean".

Can I get the drilling contract to (funded by global warming research money) to pump CO2 into this rock formation from our power plants in the US?) 8<)
18 posted on 02/27/2007 3:40:14 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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Also, dunes of sand in the Gobi Desert are supposed to be saturated with water some distance below the surface, sort of anchoring them they don't move are much as dunes in the Sahara.


19 posted on 02/27/2007 3:44:05 PM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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"So if you dig a long enough hole, you'll drown before you reach China?"

Yep...and Cyndi Lauper was obviously lying when she said that she "has a hole in her heart that goes all the way to China".


20 posted on 02/27/2007 3:44:13 PM PST by edh
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