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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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To: blam

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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To: blam

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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To: blam
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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To: blam

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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To: blam
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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To: blam

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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To: blam
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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To: blam

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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To: blam
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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To: blam

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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To: blam

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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To: blam
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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To: fso301

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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To: Paleo Conservative

"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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To: Paleo Conservative
So if you dig a long enough hole, you'll drown before you reach China?

I'll let you know when my daughters get there. They've been digging for China for three years at the beach.

21 posted on 02/27/2007 3:44:23 PM PST by sphinx
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To: sphinx; Paleo Conservative

Hypothetically, if a hole was dug through the diameter of the world (so from the United States, the hole would open someplace in the southern hemisphere near the Indian Ocean), if a guy jumped in, wouldn't he sort of get stuck in the middle rather than pop out the other end?


22 posted on 02/27/2007 3:49:49 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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headline..... Huge Underground "Ocean" Found Beneath Asia

So that's where I left it!

23 posted on 02/27/2007 3:51:30 PM PST by albee (The best thing you can do for the poor is.....not be one of them. - Eric Hoffer)
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To: KevinDavis

Can Mars have this kind of formation sub-surface?


24 posted on 02/27/2007 3:52:17 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: ConservaTexan

ROTFL!

I thought the same thing!


25 posted on 02/27/2007 3:55:12 PM PST by JewishRighter
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
"Can I get the drilling contract to"

I don't think you could find a BOP big enough to contain the pressures. BOP's that size are the mountains that volcanoes form.

26 posted on 02/27/2007 3:57:14 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

I never thought of that. I'll have to equip the girls with anti-gravity boots before they jump through their hole.


27 posted on 02/27/2007 4:06:18 PM PST by sphinx
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
Can I get the drilling contract to ....

Haliburton already has those contracts locked up.....LOL

28 posted on 02/27/2007 4:12:40 PM PST by ThreePuttinDude ()...On 9-11 & 7-7 Islamic missionaries came a callin'.....()
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To: blam

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

But that didn't stop the author from using "Ocean" in the title.


29 posted on 02/27/2007 4:14:32 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (A Muslim soldier can never be loyal to a non-Muslim commander.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Must have been there first time...


30 posted on 02/27/2007 4:20:46 PM PST by aft_lizard (born conservative...I chose to be a republican)
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To: blam

Puts a new slant on surfing down under.


31 posted on 02/27/2007 4:21:59 PM PST by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Well by the time he got to the middle he would of melted away, if that wouldnt have happened gravity would crush him to a pretty small size and then instead of winging it out the other side you would circle endlessly in the center.


32 posted on 02/27/2007 4:26:23 PM PST by aft_lizard (born conservative...I chose to be a republican)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

You'd need some really lightweight drill rod and would still need a hell of a lot of holdback.


33 posted on 02/27/2007 4:29:59 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance (RINO = Rudy Is Not Ours!)
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To: blam
Graveyard for Icebergs.
Shhhh, don't tell gore.
34 posted on 02/27/2007 4:35:59 PM PST by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu
"Mr. Wysession handled the Flood questions pretty cordially (at least in this article), considering he is probably not a Creationist."

I think that his answer indicates that he either is a creationist, or at the least has studied the issue sufficiently to understand all the implications of the question.

35 posted on 02/27/2007 4:36:47 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: blam
"In Xanadu did Kublai Khan

A stately pleasure dome decree,

Where Alph, the sacred river ran,

Down to a sunless sea..."

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36 posted on 02/27/2007 4:39:56 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
And he still calls it "water"

Consider the pressure; It can't be vapor, that's for sure.

37 posted on 02/27/2007 4:41:13 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


38 posted on 02/27/2007 4:41:29 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Deaf Smith
BBC: Concrete 'to stem Java mud flow' ~~ An attempt to stop flow of Mud from deep underground ...
39 posted on 02/27/2007 4:45:29 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Remind me again how deep go the continents drifting in plate tectonics. ... Are these 'wet rocks' at the boundaries or interiors of plates?


40 posted on 02/27/2007 4:52:53 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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To: blam

Guess they found the water table.


41 posted on 02/27/2007 4:53:53 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (No stinking peanut butter.)
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To: blam

Fresh or salt water?


42 posted on 02/27/2007 5:07:46 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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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

Wow, just when you thought Americans couldn't be dumber about science....

43 posted on 02/27/2007 5:12:06 PM PST by Central Scrutiniser (Never Let a Theocon Near a Textbook. Teach Evolution!)
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To: pax_et_bonum
I don't know what is.

That's okay, neither does Al Gore. It just hasn't slowed him down in proclaiming it.

44 posted on 02/27/2007 5:17:07 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: aft_lizard
if that wouldnt have happened gravity would crush him to a pretty small size

Nope, in the center gravity forces would be zero. You would have equal pull in all directions so you would be weightless.

45 posted on 02/27/2007 5:19:35 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

But getting there is a different story.


46 posted on 02/27/2007 5:31:23 PM PST by aft_lizard (born conservative...I chose to be a republican)
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To: thackney

Yes, suspended at the gravitational center of the earth, IMO.


47 posted on 02/27/2007 5:37:17 PM PST by Mr J (All IMHO.)
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To: blam

Huge Underground "Ocean" Found Beneath Asia

"It isn't an ocean."

How about those headline writers?


48 posted on 02/27/2007 5:38:35 PM PST by Mr J (All IMHO.)
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To: thackney; cogitator; NicknamedBob
But remember the difference between "gravity" ( a force caused the difference in mass above you and below you) and "pressure" the squishing sense of being extruded into rocky crystals like diamonds by a force of 100,000 of tons per sq millimeter by all of the (very heavy) rocks above you.

So, yes, if you could get a protected hollow sphere into the exact center of gravity of the middle of the earth you might be weightless (except for the moon's and sun's pull) but you might have a problem opening the door of your sphere to get out ...
49 posted on 02/27/2007 7:21:12 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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To: Robert A. Cook, PE; thackney; cogitator; blam; neverdem
Let's hope the crafty Chinee don't try to tap into a new geothermal energy source.

The sudden release of pressure could be, in a word, cataclysmic.

"... the squishing sense of being extruded into rocky crystals like diamonds by a force of 100,000 of tons per sq millimeter ..."

Yeah, I hate when that happens. It can ruin your whole day.

50 posted on 02/27/2007 7:47:02 PM PST by NicknamedBob (You may not grok eating the sandwich, but the sandwich groks being eaten.)
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