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A huge slab of folded Earth that scientists think used to be part of the ocean floor has been detected near the planet's core.
The discovery supports the theory that Earth's crust is constantly recycled deep into the planet as molten material from below simultaneously pushes up to refresh the surface.
The structure is about 125 miles deep and at least 125 miles wide and 370 miles in the north-south direction. In consistency, it is more like a giant, folding mush of taffy, researchers said today
"If you imagine cold honey pouring onto a plate, you would see ripples and folds as it piles up and spreads out, and that's what we think we are seeing at the base of the mantle," said Alex Hutko, a graduate student University of California, Santa Cruz and lead author of a paper describing the discovery in the May 18 issue of the journal Nature. .
Originally posted by SarnholeOntarable
reply to post by omegacorps
I still think that one day all our tectonic plates will adjust accordingly very quickly in the blink of an eye...pretty wicked thought but presumably it might have happened before.
Originally posted by atlguy
FYI - if true, this information annihilates the theory that oil is a fossil-fuel. The heat of the core would vaporize any sort of hydrocarbons.
Originally posted by Teye22
Make one think that our Eath Mother is "Alive and Kicking".
Originally posted by oghamxx
"near" is a relative term as the earth's core starts about 1800 miles deep