Using seismology centers in Antarctica, experts have discovered mountains near Earth’s core that are 3 to 4 times larger than Everest.
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Mountains with peaks three to four times higher than Mount Everest have been discovered deep inside the Earth, scientists said.
Using seismology centres in Antarctica, experts found these astonishingly huge “mountains” in the boundary between the core and mantle, around 1,800 miles deep (around 2,900 kilometres).
Dubbed ultra-low velocity zones (ULVZ), these gargantuan underground mountain ranges had managed to escape the scientists’ gaze all these years until earthquakes and atomic explosions generated enough seismic data to be spotted by them, reported BBC.
To make sense of how big these mountains are, Mount Everest is around 5.5 miles high (8.8 kilometres) from the surface, while the underground mountains are said to be over 24 miles (38 kilometres) in height.
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“Analysing 1000’s of seismic recordings from Antarctica, our high-definition imaging method found thin anomalous zones of material at the CMB [core-mantle boundary] everywhere we probed,” Arizona State University geophysicist Edward Garnero said in a statement.
“The material’s thickness varies from a few kilometres to 10’s of kilometres. This suggests we are seeing mountains on the core, in some places up to 5 times taller than Mt. Everest.”
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