Deep Inside!

How many have read the book…..or maybe saw the movie……starring Pat Boone……Journey To The Center Of The Earth…..written by Jules Verne?

In the story there is a huge underground sea that our heroes must traverse……of course the usual monsters and nightmares confront our heroes…..silly right?

Hold on! Maybe not so much!

In what sounds like a chapter from Journey to the Centre of the Earth, the chemical makeup of a tiny, extremely rare gemstone has made researchers think that there are oceans that exist hundreds of miles beneath the Earth.

The gemstone in question is called ringwoodite, which is created when olivine, a material that is extremely common in the mantle, is highly pressurized; when it’s exposed to less pressurized environments, it reverts into olivine. It has previously been seen in meteorites and created in a laboratory, but until now had never been found in a sample of the Earth’s mantle.

Diamond expert Graham Pearson of the University of Alberta came across a seemingly worthless, 3 millimeter piece of brown diamond that had been found in Mato Grosso, Brazil while he was researching another type of mineral. Within that diamond, he and his team found ringwoodite—and they found that roughly 1.5 percent of the ringwoodite’s weight was made up of trapped water. The findings are published in Nature.

That water had to get in there somehow, and, using analyses of its depth and its water makeup, Pearson suggests that there’s water deep beneath the Earth’s surface—a lot of it.

Once again Verne is proven to be a perceptive writer……reality invades fiction.


10 thoughts on “Deep Inside!

  1. Interesting you mention that movie.. saw it when I was a kid. When I got stationed in Iceland back in the mid 70’s the locals made note that a portion of the movie was made there on location.. according to the Verne story, and that blonde fellow with the duck was an authentic local Icelander who became revered in his own right. The volcano.. Mt. Hekla.. fed an old Norse mythology that it was the entrance to hell. Which, by the way.. the old phrase “Oh, heck!” or “The heck with you!” “heck” taking on the more socially acceptable meaning of not saying “hell” in public (or in front of your parents). “Heck” is a directive of “hek” from Mt. Hekla. And as Paul Harvey would say… that’s the rest of the story.

  2. Oh.. forgot to mention… the Hispanic actor in that film who ended up getting eaten by the dinosaur, Jay Novello, was in my father’s barracks for a while during the War. They weren’t best buds.. but chatted from time to time.

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