Evidence of Water Deep in the Earth
I was fascinated by the article, Mineral hints at bright blue rocks deep in the Earth, on BBC News (published March 12, 2014).
Here’s an abbreviation of the article for you:
Minerals preserved in diamond… provide the first direct evidence that there may be as much water trapped in those [deep] rocks as there is in all the oceans…
Diamonds, brought to the Earth’s surface in violent eruptions of deep volcanic rocks called kimberlites, provide a tantalising window into the deep Earth.
A research team led by Prof Graham Pearson of the University of Alberta, Canada, studied a diamond from a 100-million-year-old kimberlite found in Juina, Brazil, as part of a wider project.
They noticed that it contained a mineral, ringwoodite, that is only thought to form between 410km and 660km beneath the Earth’s surface, showing just how deep some diamonds originate.
While ringwoodite has previously been found in meteorites, this is the first time a terrestrial ringwoodite has been seen. But more extraordinarily, the researchers found that the mineral contains about 1% water.
While this sounds like very little, because ringwoodite makes up almost all of this immense portion of the deep Earth, it adds up to a huge amount of deep water.
Dr Sally Gibson from the University of Cambridge, who was not involved in the work, commented: “Finding water in such large concentrations is a hugely significant development in our understanding of the ultimate origin of water now present at Earth’s surface.”
… Prof Joseph Smyth of the University of Colorado… said: “I think it’s stunning! It implies that the interior may store several times the amount of water in the oceans.”
My Thoughts on This Discovery
In the late 70’s, scientists discovered hydrothermal vents for the first time and yet these deep springs are mentioned in the Bible. Here’s two of three that I found:
When Noah was 600 years old, on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the underground waters erupted from the earth, and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky. Genesis 7:11 (NLT) about Noah’s Flood. Genesis was written about 1400 BC.
And now, this discovery in 2014 further confirms the biblical account of deep springs that erupted in one day. The resulting global flood covered the highest peaks by 22 feet. (See Genesis 7:19 – 20.) The fact that the Earth’s “interior may store several times the amount of water in the oceans” means it’s very probable the waters which flooded the Earth drained back down deep within the Earth. It took more than a year for the Earth to dry. (See Genesis 8.)
The video, The Hydroplate Theory and Noah’s Flood explains this Flood model in further detail.
The Bible also tells us that scoffers “deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood.” ~ 2 Peter 3: 5 – 6 (NLT)
God’s Word is trustworthy. Jesus told a Samaritan woman, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” Come to Him for the free gift of eternal life (learn more).
Related articles from the Sovereign:
- The Hydroplate Theory and Noah’s Flood – my favorite explanation of how the Flood may actually have occurred.
- Evidence of Noah’s Descendants Today with a chart of the grandsons and the peoples, places, languages and ancient gods that point back to these men.
- Your Descent from Noah – recommended reading for the movie, Noah.
- Noah: The Man, The Movie, The Message ~ movie review