An unusual geothermal field has been discovered in the Pacific Ocean. This was reported by the press service of Lehigh University (USA).
The field was found using an autonomous deep-sea submersible operated by a team of scientists led by Jill McDermott. The area was named YBW-Sentry, it is located in the zone of the East Pacific Rise, three hundred kilometers from the coast of Mexico. The field is roughly the size of a football field, and twice the size of other geothermal fields in the region.
The “black smokers” of this field, spewing a black liquid rich in minerals, reach the height of a three-story building.
“We were struck not only by the fact that this field is very active, but also by the fact that it is larger and hotter than any geothermal field in the East Pacific Rise,” the authors explain.
The springs are located at a depth of about 2.5 kilometers, the temperature of the erupted water from them reaches 400 degrees. They were discovered during the routine work of mapping the region, which is necessary for more accurate prediction of eruptions.
It is possible, by the way, that in these hot reservoirs heated by magma, it rises from the internal ocean, which is located very deep underground hundreds of kilometers from the surface. The existence of an ocean hidden in the bowels was once indirectly indicated by seismic survey data and directly by the inclusion of water in a ringwood mineral crystal found inside a diamond.
Ringwood, on the other hand, is the main component of the so-called transition zone of the Earth – the bowels located at depths of several hundred kilometers. There was one and a half percent water in the crystal. This is minuscule, according to preliminary estimates, “poured” into about ten Pacific Oceans. It is noteworthy that a diamond with ringwood and water was discovered in South America -opposite the East Pacific Rise.
It is not at all excluded that underground water once became a source for the worldwide flood – the very biblical one. First, it rose from the depths, pouring out through “black smokers“, and then flowed back through the drain that opened in the Mariana Trench. Water still flows there by cubic kilometers.
Lehigh University fears that the activity of “black smokers” precedes the imminent mass eruption of underwater volcanoes. It is possible that the outflow from the bowels may also indicate that the planet is preparing for a new Flood – another rise of the “lower” ocean to the “upper”. Both global cataclysms do not bode well for mankind.