Scientists have found a giant freshwater aquifer horizontally hidden beneath the ocean. of this type all over the world – stretching from Massachusetts to New Jersey, and extending continuously about 50 miles to the end of the continental shelf.
Researchers say that if it finds itself on the surface, it will create a lake covering about 15,000 square miles
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"We knew there was isolated water there, but we did not know the degree or the geometry," Chloe Gustafson, PhD. a candidate at the Columbus University of Lamon-Doherty Earth Observatory, said in a press release. "This may be an important resource in other parts of the world."
Scientists have used electromagnetic wave measurements to make a map of the water that is enclosed in porous sediments lying under the ocean.
Water deposits begin at about 600 feet below the ocean floor, and Researchers say they hold at least 670 cubic miles of fresh water.
Scientists have a theory of how water has fallen beneath the seabed, which they share in a press release: "About 15,000 to 20,000 years ago, to the end of the last ice age, much of the world's water has been locked in miles of ice, in North America it extends to the present-day north of New Jersey, Long Island and the New England coast. The marginal levels are much lower, exposing much of the current underwater continental shelf of the United States to all above the shelf, and fresh water is trapped there scattered pockets.
Scientists also said that if the water ever will be processed for consumption, it will have to be desalted
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] "We probably do not have to do this in this region, but if we can show that there are large aquifers in other regions that potentially can be a resource" in places like Southern California, Australia, east or Sahara, co-author and geophysicist Kerry Key said in a statement
The study was published o magazine "Scientific papers".