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Earth’s Crust May Contain a Lot of Water

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A tiny crystal trapped in a rough diamond, blasted from 400 kilometers below earth's surface, indicates that there may be a lot of water deep beneath our feet.

In a report, published in the magazine Nature, a group of scientists say that X-ray and spectroscopic analysis of a small diamond found in magma from a Brazilian volcano showed a 40 micrometer speck of a mineral called ringwoodite. Further analysis revealed that its crystal lattice contains at least 1.4 percent water.

Ringwoodite is a variant of the mineral olivine, which makes up much of the earth's mantle. Olivine does not absorb water. Below 400 kilometers, however, the immense heat and pressure changes its crystal structure, and the resulting substances can contain as much as 2.5 percent water.

Scientists say there is a fair chance that the place where the diamond was formed contains a lot of water whose highly pressurized steam could cause volcanic eruptions.

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by: David de Hilster
March 16, 2014 9:39 AM
The earth has been expanding a lot over the last 200 million years. It's core makes methane, oil, and water. This article provides evidence of water deep inside the crust. This also answers the age-old question of where did all the water come from on earth? Also, a smaller earth also explains why gigantic dinosaurs could survive back then and not now: with less gravity. The oceans grew as the earth grows with water bubbling up from the core through the crust. Makes too much sense for mainstream science. They prefer fantasy over fact.


by: Todd from: Pa
March 16, 2014 9:05 AM
Genesis 7:11
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were open.


by: Sam from: Virginia
March 16, 2014 7:31 AM
What if the planet was once, one big ball of water, and after being pelted by asteroids, they floated and formed continents and in one case the moon...

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