There Appears to Be a Huge Chunk of an Ancient Planet Buried Inside Earth – Futurism

Posted: March 31, 2021 at 4:50 am

Theia's impact with the Earth created the Moon and perhaps left some shrapnel behind.Ancient Shrapnel

There are two gigantic blobs of densematerial lurking in the lower depths of the Earths mantle beneath West Africa and the Pacific Ocean. Thousands of miles wide, the blobs have been one of the planets best-kept secrets and baffled for scientists for decades.

Now, theres mounting evidence that the blobs might be remnant shards from an ancient protoplanet named Theia that crashed into the Earth around 4.5 billion years ago, Science Magazine reports. Scientists previously suspected there was a link between the blobs, formally known as large low-shear velocity provinces (LLSVPs), and the Moon, but most thought the LLSVPs were planetary scars from Theias impact, not pieces of the alien world itself.

To be fair, this isnt the first time that scientists have speculated that the underground blobs were remnant shards of Theia, Science reports. But Qian Yuan, the Arizona State University graduate student who presented the idea at last weeks Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, seems to have made the most compelling case yet.

I think its completely viable until someone tells me its not, Arizona State seismologist Edward Garnero, who didnt work on the study, told Science.

The smoking gun in Yuans work, as it were, is seismological evidence that the LLSVPs are chemically different from the rest of the mantle rock that surrounds them. That suggests that the blobs have extraterrestrial origins and because theyre six times more massive than the Moon, something as large as a protoplanet would have had to shear them off.

Even though the research remains somewhat speculative, seismologists emboldened by studies like Yuans are increasingly convinced that other pieces of otherworldly shrapnel could also be hiding beneath the Earths surface, according to Science. Uncovering them, they suspect, could help reveal that Earths ancient past was far more violent than what we know so far.

READ MORE: Remains of impact that created the Moon may lie deep within Earth [Science Magazine]

More on the Earths layers: Scientists: Theres Something Lurking in the Center of the Earths Core

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