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In the ocean, found the navel of the Earth

March 7 2007

In the Atlantic, British scientists discovered a unique place in which there is no crust of the Earth. The surface area of more than a thousand square kilometers, is Mr. mantle - this part of the geosphere is usually hidden bark. In the mantle there is a big part of the Earth.

Recently, scientists have sent to this place research vessel, which aims to explore the area. It is noted that the country surface at a depth of three kilometers.

Opening sets by scientists a few questions. As a geologist said Chris McLeod, the plot is similar to the "open wound" of the planet. Now to find out how long it has emerged, and whether it was due to global nature of the defect, either a natural way.

To answer this question, MacLeod and other scientists will go to this mysterious place, situated midway between the Cape Verde Islands and the Caribbean.

This expedition will be a test for the new British research vessel James Cook. Scientists are going to use radar to study the seabed, and then use the robot to take with him specimens of minerals. They will draw conclusions about how the earth's mantle is arranged - usually located under the thickness of the cortex in a few tens of kilometers, the BBC.

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