According to a new study, researchers have found 2 humongous structures located 2,896 kilometers below the surface of our planet. The structures are around 100 times TALLER than Mount Everest, and their origin and exact composition is unknown. The huge, continent-sized blobs are located on top of Earth’s core and are now believed to be made of a different material than that which comprises the rest of the mantle.
July 8, 2016
Deep within our planet; researchers have discovered a number of things that were believed to be impossible half a century ago. It turns out that there are some cavities which lead inside our planet, these ‘so-called’ entrances are found all around the planet.
Recently, researchers have also confirmed the existence of an unknown oxygen source beneath Earths mantle and a gigantic ocean located nearly 700 kilometers below the surface.
As you can see, our planet is fascinating from the inside out.
The origin and composition of the blob-like structures remain a mystery say, scientists.
Now, a new study has discovered two massive blob-like structures each one around 100 times TALLER than Mount Everest. These contents sized blobs sit on top of our planet’s core, 2896 kilometres below the surface.
Scientists believe that these gigantic bizarre structures could help shed light on how our planet came into existence and could also explain the mechanisms that are responsible for volcanic eruptions and plate tectonics.
The more we learn, it seems the less we know, as many more questions are being asked.
This discovery of Arizona State University researchers is described ni a paper published in the Journal Nature Geoscience.
Interestingly, to the surprise of many, these structures are located on OPPOSITE sides of our planet. One of the structures is found below the Pacific Ocean while the other one is located beneath the Atlantic Ocean.
Some researchers refer to these as ‘thermochemical piles,’and for years it has been thought that these structures were made up of mantle materials, though warmer than average.
The new study provides further clues indicating that these structures can be chemically distinctive.
According to the newly published paper, the structures contain materials that were pushed down by place tectonics and could have even been made of remnants from our planet’s formation nearly 4.5 billion years ago,
‘While the origin and composition of the blobs are yet unknown, we suspect they hold important clues as to how Earth was formed and how it works today,’ said Edward Garnero, of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University.
According to researchers, there is still a lot to be learned from the mysterious structures, but new data proves these blob-like structures are much denser than the surrounding mantle materials.
With further research planned in the region, the team of scientists predicts that the mysterious origins will soon be revealed.
‘If a neuroscientist found an unknown structure in the human brain, the whole community of brain scientists, from psychologists to surgeons, would actively pursue understanding its role in the function of the whole system,’ Garnero said.
‘As the thermochemical piles come into sharper focus, we hope other Earth scientists will explore how these features fit into the big puzzle of planet Earth.’
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