After decades of searching scientists have discovered that a vast reservoir of water, enough to fill the Earth’s oceans three times over, may be trapped hundreds of miles beneath the surface, potentially transforming our understanding of how the planet was formed.
The water is locked up in a mineral called ringwoodite about 660km (400 miles) beneath the crust of the Earth, researchers say. Geophysicist Steve Jacobsen from Northwestern University in the US co-authored the study published in the journal Science and said the discovery suggested Earth’s water may have come from within, driven to the surface by geological activity, rather than being deposited by icy comets hitting the forming planet as held by the prevailing theories.
“Geological processes on the Earth’s surface, such as earthquakes or erupting volcanoes, are an expression of what is going on inside the Earth, out of our sight,” Jacobsen said.
“I think we are finally seeing evidence for a whole-Earth water cycle, which may help explain the vast amount of liquid water on the surface of our habitable planet. Scientists have been looking for this missing deep water for decades.”
Jacobsen and his colleagues are the first to provide direct evidence that there may be water in an area of the Earth’s mantle known as the transition zone. They based their findings on a study of a vast underground region extending across most of the interior of the US.
Similarly, another disciple of the Vilna Gaon , wrote concerning the Gaon’s views on science (Kol Hator, chapter 5, pages 123,124 in the reprinted 5754 edition by Y. Rivlin, which contains material left out of some older editions): “It was like a pearl in his mouth, that to the measure that a man lacks in his knowledge of the powers (or potentials) of the forces of nature, he will lack 100 portions in the wisdom of Torah and to the measure where he achievesby investigation of the powers (or potentials) of nature, there will be added to him 100 gates of wisdom in the wisdom of Torah”. …
“The study of the wisdoms derived from nature, for the purpose of acquiring the wisdom of Torah will be beneficial and very useful for raising the power (lit. the horn) of Torah and strengthening the love of the Torah and the fear of Heaven in the entire house of Israel and will also sanctify the name of G-d and the stature of Israel in the eyes of all the inhabitants of the civilized world and those that dwell on the earth”
To balance what the Vilna Gaon said I refer the reader to The Ideology of an Ideal Torah U’Madda Community by Shmuel Reichman