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New research unveiled structures deep inside the Earth

New research unveiled structures deep inside the Earth”

This is how vast blobs of super-hot material were identified at the core-mantle boundary, decades ago. Scientists said that the unknown ULVZ is located beneath Hawaii is the largest one ever recorded. Seismic waves can traverse thousands of miles and along the way changes in rock density, temperature or composition causes them to change speed, bend or scatter which produces echoes that are then detected using instruments called seismometers.

Using this principle, the team used the Sequencer algorithm to parse through thousands of seismograms for echoes to create a new map showing details of the Earth's mantle, just above the liquid iron core, at a depth of 3,000 kilometers.

For this study, Kim and his colleagues looked for echoes generated by a specific type of wave, called a shear wave, as it travels along the core-mantle boundary. Kim has also stated that this shows that the core-mantle boundary region has plenty of structures that are able to produce echoes, which is something that the researchers did not realize before. Pictured, earthquakes (white lines) travel through the Earth from quake sites (orange) to seismographs (blue).

"With this new way to look at the data globally, we were able to see weak signals much more clearly", said Brice Menard, astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins University and one of the team members.

This discovery comes after researchers from the University of Maryland in the U.S. analyzed data from 7000 recorded earthquakes, including major earthquakes, recorded in the Pacific Ocean region between 1990 and 2018. The examination distributed in the diary Science gives an exhaustive perspective on the center mantle limit underneath the Pacific Ocean, making it the first to cover such a wide region indefinite goals. Some studies performed in the past have provided a more limited view of the structures.

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John Hopkins University, the Tel Aviv University of Israel, and the University of Maryland's (UMD) worldwide team, suggested that the previously discovered ULVZ is much larger compared to the previous data as new evidence suggests.

According to Newsweek's latest report, a large, previously unknown structure found deep inside the planet below the Pacific Ocean was recently discovered by researchers.

"We were surprised to find such a big feature beneath the Marquesas Islands that we didn't even know existed before", says an associate professor of geology at UMD and a co-author of the study. The plumes within the earth are where ULVZs are located.

Scientists discovered echoes along about 40% of all seismic wave ways which was astounding as Co-writer of the investigation, Vedran Lekić clarifies, "We were anticipating that them should be rarer, and this means the atypical structures at the center mantle limit are significantly more broad than recently suspected". The ULVZ beneath Hawaii is the largest known.

The team from Baltimore in the U.S. used an algorithm known as "the Sequencer" which can find trends in large-scale datasets - such as used by astronomers.

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