Bags of sea water dating from the Ice Age have been found within rock formations in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
A team from the University of Chicago made the discovery on a scientific mission during the course of a month exploring the limestone deposits that make up the Maldives.
Through the use of a drill, rock cores are extracted from a deepness ranging from one to three miles below the seabed. Once down, the water is sucked or by means of a hydraulic press the water is squeezed out of the sediments.
PREVIOUSLY, EVERYTHING WE HAD TO REBUILD THE SEA WATER OF THE LAST ICE AGE WERE INDIRECT TRACKS, LIKE FOSSIL CORALS AND CHEMICAL STERIMENT SIGNATURES IN THE DEEP OCEANSClara Blättler
Rocks were studied to determine how sediments are formed in the area, which is influenced by the annual cycle of the Asian monsoon. When they extracted the water, they noticed that their preliminary tests were quite salty, much more salty than normal seawater.
THAT WAS THE FIRST INDICATION THAT WE HAD SOMETHING UNUSUAL IN OUR HANDSClara Blättler
When doing tests, everything pointed to the same thing: the water was not recent but from the last remnants of an earlier era that had migrated slowly through the rock.
THE SEA WATER PROPERTIES WE FOUND IN THE MALDIVES SUGGEST THAT THE SALINITY IN THE AUSTRAL OCEAN MAY HAVE BEEN MORE IMPORTANT TO BOOST THE CIRCULATION OF WHAT IS TODAYClara Blättler
I think it’s something important to keep searching and learning, however, when discoveries are made and the results show conclusive evidence that there has to be a change in today’s society, and we do not change… what’s the use?