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Not on Earth surface but wind blows inside our planet TOO

A hidden passageway has been discovered beneath Panama through which wind from Earth's middle layer blows.

| Updated on: Dec 30 2021, 17:08 IST
Wind blows underneath Earths’ surface.
Wind blows underneath Earths’ surface.

Scientists have discovered a geological secret passage underneath Panama through which wind from the Earth's ''mantle'' is blowing actively. A team of researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the US have found a nearly 1500 kilometre (900 mile) long passageway in Central America and the Galapagos Islands in the East Pacific Ocean. The results of the findings have been published in the November edition of journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The researchers have stated that the passage could be a natural crack in the subducting Coco's crust or it could be a place where the crust snapped during subduction. This passage also allows materials to pass from one side of the plate to the other, like dust travelling through an open window.

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David Bekaert, postdoctoral scholar at WHOI, and lead author of the paper stated that this discovery might explain the secret to the mystery of why Panama has a few active volcanoes. He said, “We can compare volcanic systems to the body of a living organism; when the organism bleeds, it's kind of like magma bleeding out of the Earth.” He further explained that composition of that magma can be measured just like you can measure a blood type.

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Winds from Mantle blow inside Earth

David also shared that in this study, they had measured an unexpected volcanic gas composition, similar to a human having a rare blood type. “In the case of the Earth, we then try to explain where it came from in terms of deep geological processes,” said the searcher.

According to the findings, the Cocos tectonic plate is going downwards in the west coast of Central America pushing oceanic crust under the continental crust of the North American, Caribbean and Panama tectonic plates. This also leads to a phenomenon called dubbed subduction.

The ‘subduction zone' also results in the creation of a line of volcanoes called the Central American Volcanic Arc where lava pushes through the boundaries to Panama.

Bekaert, in a conversation with LiveScience also stated that some particular places of Central America, known as western Panama have some exotic signatures [of geochemistry] that look similar to the one on Galápagos Islands.

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First Published Date: 30 Dec, 17:08 IST

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