What looked like a rough, worthless diamond was found by gem hunters in 2008 and scientists later found that the diamond contained a significant mineral. Ringwoodlite is a mineral which only forms under extremely hot and pressurized environment. Scientists found a microscopic trace of ringwoodite inside the diamond which suggests that it was formed deep inside the Earth. There have been no samples of this mineral found on the Earth’s surface up until this point because of the extreme depths that they exist in. Most of the samples that scientists have found come from meteorites. Graham Pearson and his colleagues found that 1.5 % of the mineral’s weight is made up of water molecules. Having known where ringwoodite forms, the water molecules suggest that there are large amounts of water somewhere between 410 to 660 kilometers below the Earth’s surface. Pearson said, “That particular zone in the Earth, the transition zone, might have as much water as all the world’s oceans put together.”
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