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Scientists have discovered a huge fresh water aquifer, which is hidden deep down in the ocean.
The surprising discovery of a new survey of the sub-seabed of the north-east of the U. s. coast by researchers from the University of Columbia, it seems that the largest formation of this type anywhere in the world, stretching all the way from Massachusetts to New Jersey, and extending continuously from approximately 50 km to the edge of the continental shelf.
The researchers said that when it was first discovered on the surface of the lake, which is about 15,000 square miles.
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“We knew there was fresh water in remote areas, but we don’t have any idea of the scale of the geometry,” lead author Chloe Gustafson, PhD. candidate at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said in a press release. “It could turn out to be an important resource in other parts of the world.”
Scientists have found a massive aquifer in the north-east of the U. s. coast.
Scientists use the measurements of the electro-magnetic waves in order to map the water that is trapped in the permeable sediments in the water are in the ocean.
The water in the deposits begin at about 600 feet below the bottom of the sea, and on the ground at about 1200 meters, the researchers said, and it is of the opinion that they are, at least, in possession of, 670 cubic miles of fresh water.
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The researchers have a theory as to how the water came to the sea-bed, that she shared in a press release:
“About 15,000 to 20,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, much of the world’s water was locked up in a meter-deep ice; in North America, it is extended through what is now the northern part of New Jersey, Long Island and the coast of New England. The sea level was much lower, so much of our world, AMERICAN, and continental shelf. As the ice melted, the sediment formed a huge river delta at the top of the ironing board, and fresh water got trapped in scattered pockets. Later on, the sea-level rise.”
The scientists also said that if it was ever to be processed for human consumption, it would need to be desalinated.
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“We probably don’t need to be done in this area, but if we are to be able to show that there are large aquifers in other regions, which may represent a source in a country like southern California, Australia, the middle east, Africa, and the Sahara desert, a study co-author and geophysicist Kerry Key said in a statement.
The study, which was published in the journal Scientific Reports.