Steven Jacobsen, a geophysicist from Northwestern University, and seismologist Brandon Schmandt from the University of New Mexico believe they have found a body of water far below the earth’s surface. The results of their study were published in Science.
This group was sending seismic waves into the ground to discover what lies below. At 700 kms (400 miles) beneath the surface, they ran into a layer of ringwoodite. Their tests suggested it also contained water. The temperature and pressure at this level would cause the water to sweat out of the ringwoodite.
Jocobsen said ringwoodite has a unique crystal structure that allows it to soak up water like a sponge. The two speculated if just 1% of this ringwoodite mass contained water, it would be three times the size of the earth’s oceans.
At this point, they have only located ringwoodite below the US. If it is also found beneath other continents, the amount of water below the earth’s surface would be absolutely massive.
Scientists have been puzzled by where Earth’s surface water came from. Some have thrown out icy comets as a possible source. Jacobsen and Schmandt suggest the water on the earth’s surface may have oozed up from below.
The Bible is clear that God created the waters and separated them with land. But the oceans below the Earth’s surface were a key source of water for Noah’s flood.
Noah’s flood and the fountains of the great deep
The Bible says Noah’s flood was not only caused by rain but also by fountains that unleashed water from below the earth’s surface.
10 It came about after the seven days, that the water of the flood came upon the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. 12 The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. (Genesis 7: 10-12 NASV)
Since the Bible mentions “fountains of the great deep” first, this was probably the greatest source of water. If the ocean of water below the US has three times as much water as all our oceans on earth (and there is distinct possibility, the quantity is much larger), it is easy to see there would be enough water to cover the earth.
Notice how the Bible describes it as the “great” deep. The water came from far below the earth’s surface.
Water covers 71% of the earth’s surface, and though the Bible tells us the water from Noah’s flood eventually receded, it did not go back to its earlier levels. Even today, archaeologists are finding human settlements underneath the British Channel that separates England and Europe, suggesting at one point it was not covered by water.
This is not the only news recently published to confirm Noah’s flood. Physics students at the University of Leicester in England said based on its dimensions and probable wood used, Noah’s ark was easily big enough to hold all the animals, birds, reptiles, etc of the world.
Based on their calculations, the ark could have held 2.15 sheep which represented the average size of an animal in the world. It is estimated there are between 21,000 to 35,000 different types of animals, bird, reptiles and amphibians in the world. Even taking two of each type, and in a few cases seven, the ark was more than big enough to carry the load.
Read more in this series:
- Did the Genesis’ flood separate England from Europe?
- Did massive oceans beneath the earth’s surface contribute to Noah’s flood?
- What is a massive oak forest doing at the bottom of the North Sea?
- Huge underground ocean discovered beneath the US could help prove Genesis flood: Christian Life News
- New evidence for oceans of water deep in the earth: Northwestern University
- There’s a huge underground ocean that could explain the origin of the seas: Time.com
- New discovery suggests oceans of water beneath Earth’s surface: News.yahoo.com