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Massive underground ocean detected beneath China’s largest desert


An interesting and intriguing “Carbon Sink” finding has surprised millions of people. It reads that the biggest desert in China has concealed a large ocean underneath. It is found to be underlying thousands of meters under the land, according to a new study.china-desert-underground-ocean

Tarim region is known to be one of the driest places in the world and homes Taklimakan, the biggest desert of China. A research team that was led by Li Yan at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography has found the existence of salty water underneath the largest desert in China.

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The South China Morning Post has also revealed that carbon dioxide had mysteriously disappeared in the region and that must have attributed to the fact.

According to the study that was published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, “We discovered a potentially large carbon sink in the most unlikely place on earth, irrigated saline/alkaline arid land. When cultivating and irrigating arid/saline lands in arid zones, salts are leached downward. Simultaneously, dissolved inorganic carbon is washed down into the huge saline aquifers underneath vast deserts, forming a large carbon sink or pool.”

The team led by Yan measured the amount of water underground by calculating the carbon dioxide that comes from deep earth samples and compared it with carbon dioxide in melt water. The water that is buried under Tarim could account to be more than all the water that exists in the five Great Lakes of North America, according to the study.

The study has obviously raised questions on the existence of large water bodies that are buried under the earth. There is a possibility that other large deserts across the world might also have large water bodies underneath them. If such water bodies are in existence, it could diffuse large amounts of unaccounted carbon. It is yet to be noticed whether water under such conditions can be used or not.

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