Recent science discoveries have been astonishing, including a black hole aimed at Earth, a massive hole in the sun, and the rediscovery of a continent missing for 375 years.
A massive ocean hidden under the Earth's crust has been discovered, with a huge supply of water stored in rock 400 miles underground. Water is stored in mantle rock in a sponge-like state, according to a 2014 scientific paper.
Geophysicist Steve Jacobsen explained that "the crystal structure of ringwoodite is like a sponge, capable of absorbing water due to its unique properties that attract hydrogen and trap water.
The discovery of the massive ocean hidden beneath the Earth's crust has implications for our understanding of the planet's water cycle and evolution, as well as the formation and evolution of habitable planets in the universe.
Which may help explain the vast amount of liquid water on the planet's surface," said Jacobsen, who believes that scientists have been searching for this deep water for decades.
Scientists discovered the massive ocean under the Earth's crust by studying earthquakes and finding shockwaves indicating water held in the rock called ringwoodite, which could potentially mean there is three times more water underground than in the oceans on the surface.