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Those tectonic plates moving in slow-motion on the ocean floor miles underneath the water’s surface have been sucking in about 300 percent more water than previously believed.

 

So says a unique seismic study encompassing the Mariana Trench, performed by researchers from Washington University in St. Louis.

 

The study, which was published in late 2018 in the journal Nature, involved listening to over a year’s worth of various Earth noise, including earthquakes, the were picked up by a network of sensors laid across the famous trench in the western Pacific that plunges deep into the planet’s mantle.

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There’s a world going on beneath the Earth’s surface that we haven’t even been aware of until now. As a recent report from a group of scientists reveals, there is an ecosystem underneath the ground we walk on, known as the “deep biosphere.” It goes to the core of the Earth and consists primarily of bacteria and microbes.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the team found that the combined weight of all of this life is hundreds of times heavier than the weight of all humans living on Earth combined. The researchers discovered there are between 16.5 to 25 billion tons of these microorganism existing beneath the Earth’s surface.

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Just when one thinks that scientists tend to take themselves too seriously, or perhaps not seriously enough, there's this.

Anders Sandberg, a computational neuroscientist at the University of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute, decided to explore the above-titled issue, posting a research paper on the web site arXiv that asked the question, "What if the entire Earth was instantaneously replaced with an equal volume of closely packed, but uncompressed blueberries?"

Sandberg's wonderment assumes the following: That the Earth becomes a mass of "big, thick-skinned highbush blueberries" as opposed to "wild, thin-skinned blueberries."

If that sounds like a distinction without a difference, it's not. According to LiveScience, the larger blueberries would be arranged with significantly more space between them; those spaces would be filled with air, which would also give rise to an interesting set of circumstances.

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