Hold on to your hats, fountains of the deep discovered
In a fantastic news story that is sure to be leveraged by young earth flood proponents, we learn that a giant body of water was discovered beneath Asia with a size of approximately the Arctic Ocean. The news story states:
Scientists scanning the deep interior of Earth have found evidence of a vast water reservoir beneath eastern Asia that is at least the volume of the Arctic Ocean.
The discovery marks the first time such a large body of water has found in the planet’s deep mantle.
The finding, made by Michael Wysession, a seismologist at Washington State University in St. Louis, and his former graduate student Jesse Lawrence, now at the University of California, San Diego, will be detailed in a forthcoming monograph to be published by the American Geophysical Union.
But don't get your hopes up too quickly flood fans! This is not a giant pool of water ready to be unleashed on the earth to kill the next generation of evil people. Although the amount of water contained in this region may be equivalent to the volume of the Arctic Ocean, you would not be able to fill your pool with the water because it's locked up in ancient oceanic crust that has subducted back into the mantle. As the oceanic crust dives back into the mantle, the water contained in the slab is released. Near the subduction zone some of this water is released and lowers the melting temperature of the surrounding mantle causing volcanism above the slab.
In other cases, the slab continues down and the water is released more slowly and incorporated into the surrounding rock. Dubbed the Beijing anomaly because of its prominence there, the water was released during the heating of the subducting slab (see image).