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Diamond Suggests Presence of Water Deep Within Earth 48

Posted by samzenpus
from the deep-water dept.
sciencehabit writes "A 40 micrometer crystal trapped inside a diamond unearthed by magma in Brazil could help settle a long-standing debate about the amount of water in Earth's mantle. Spectroscopic analysis reveal that the crystal contains hydrogen-oxygen bonds, which suggests it's composed of at least 1.4% water. The place where the diamond was produced--Earth's lower mantle--may not be typical of the entire lower mantle, but if it is then there could be a lot of water down there. This would be important, as changes in the temperature in the mantle could cause it to expel highly pressurized steam, which could lead to volcanic eruptions."
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Diamond Suggests Presence of Water Deep Within Earth

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  • by nucrash (549705) on Thursday March 13, 2014 @07:44AM (#46472173)

    Considering how many communities live in coastal areas, I could easily logically deduce that after a great ice age, communities in this area flooded which lead to them being abandoned and left under water today. Some such communities are thought to have existed and some have even been found. A great flood doesn't have to cover the entire earth, just enough of it to affect were civilization exists.

    This is not that foreign of a concept to me. I am surprised that others seem to have a problem with it.

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