posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 09:02 PM
Originally posted by autowrench
I hope I put this in the proper forum. this is big, people.
I couldn't disagree more, it's very small, only one tenth of one percent:
The researchers estimate that up to 0.1 percent of the rock sinking down into the Earth’s mantle in that part of the world is water, which works
out to about an Arctic Ocean’s worth of water.
So rocks are 99.9% rock and 0.1% water? That's a very small amount of water, but I've known
that rocks contain a small amount of water or oil for decades, since I'd analyze the content of rocks underground for water or oil as a service
contractor to oil companies. The rocks usually had either water or oil, and I could measure the rocks with an array of scientific instruments to tell
what the content was. For example, salt water is more conductive than oil, so a conductivity instrument was one of the tools I used to help my clients
detect the oil. There was water everywhere in the rocks, in small amounts ( the oil was more rare) so this really isn't news to me.
There's really no big news here, the only thing new is how deep they are finding it, but according to the article, they just haven't looked that
much before. Since all the rocks above have water or oil in them, there's no reason to suspect that deeper rocks wouldn't have water or oil in them