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Enormous, Giant Dark Blob in Vision | Deep Beneath Africa Explained

Let's experience how two massive dark blobs in vision are deep beneath the Earth's mantle. One is under the Pacific Ocean, while the other is under Africa. The two blobs are allegedly not evenly distributed.

By Gutavo MartiniPublished 2 months ago 4 min read
Dark Blob in Vision

Main Key Points:-

  • Scientists discovered giant blobs deep beneath the Earth's mantle called Low-Shear-Velocity Provinces (LLSVPs).
  • One block is under Africa and the other is under the Pacific Ocean.
  • The African Blob is much higher (about 620 miles) than the Pacific Blob.
  • This height difference is likely due to the African blob being less dense and therefore unstable.
  • These unstable blobs may be the source of hot mantle plumes that can cause geological events like supervolcanoes and earthquakes, especially in Africa.
  • The origin of these blobs is still unknown, but they could be remnants of Earth's early history.

Backstory - Dark Blob in vision:-

Scientists first found the two massive buildings using seismic measurements. These anomalies are located in the lower mantle, 400 to 1,600 miles below the planet's surface, above the outer core.

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One blob in Pacific Ocean:-

One blob resides in the Pacific Ocean, while the other is located in Africa. They are known as Low-Shear-Velocity Provinces (LLSVPs) because they affect processes in both the core and the mantle. The extraordinarily dense "thermochemical piles" that form the blobs are thought to be formed of recycled oceanic crust or another iron-rich material.

"This instability has a lot of implications for surface tectonics, earthquakes, and supervolcanic explosions," (said Qian Yuan)

A graduate scholar in geology at Arizona State University, or ASU, who led the study. The African blob has a maximum height of approximately 990 to 1,100 miles, whereas the Pacific anomaly stands between 430 and 500 miles high, putting the African blob about 620 miles higher compared to the Pacific LLSVP.

A Pair of Dark Blobs:-

The mantle blobs are correctly referred to as "massive low-shear-wave-velocity provinces," or LLSVPs. This means that as seismic waves produced by disasters travel through such deep-mantle zones, they slow down. This slowing implies that something is different about the core at this location, such as density or temperature—or both.

Scientists don't know why these underground blobs exist. Yuan explained to Live Science that there are two main possibilities. One is that they are composed of crust accumulations that have been subducted from the Earth's surface deep into the mantle. Another possibility is that they are the relics of a magma ocean that once existed in the bottom mantle during Earth's early past. As the magma ocean froze and crystallized, it may have left behind denser zones than the rest of the mantle.

Prior studies had suggested that these two blobs were not formed equally, Yuan said, but none of the current studies had used worldwide data sets to compare the two easily. He and his supervisor, ASU geodynamics graduate student Mingming Li, used 17 global seismic-wave data sets to calculate each blob's height.

They discovered that the African dark blob in vision stretches approximately 620 miles (1,000 kilometres) greater than the Pacific blob. That's around 113 Mount Everest miles of difference. The Pacific Blob stretches for 435 to 500 miles (700 to 800 kilometres) up from the core-mantle barrier. The African Blob stretches upwards for 990 to 1,100 miles (1,600 to 1,800 kilometres).

The instability of Dark Blobs:-

The researchers next utilized computer modelling to determine which characteristics of the blobs could explain the disparities. The most crucial factors, they discovered, were the density of the blobs and the consistency of the surrounding mantle. Viscosity describes the ease with which mantle rocks can be deformed. According to Yuan, the African blob must be far less dense to be taller than the Pacific blob. "Because it's lighter, it's unstable," he stated.

The African blob is still a long way from Earth's crust—the mantle is 1,800 miles (2,900 kilometres) thick in total—but the instability of this deep structure may have ramifications for the planet's surface. LLSVPs could be the source of hot plumes of mantle material that surge higher. These plumes, in turn, might trigger supervolcano eruptions, tectonic upheaval, and perhaps continental fracture, Yuan warned. 

The continent of Africa "is extremely close to the surface, so there is a chance that large mantle plumes may rise from the African blob and could give rise to more surface rising and volcano explosions and earthquakes," Yuan stated. These processes take millions of ages and have been happening in Africa.

African blob's large eruptions:-

According to Yuan, there appears to be a correlation between the African blob and large eruptions. According to a 2010 article published in the journal Nature, 80% of kimberlites, or massive eruptions of mantle rock that deliver diamonds to the surface, have happened directly across the African blob's boundary over the last 320 million years.

Yuan and Li published their findings on March 10 in the publication Nature Geoscience. They are now conducting a study into the beginnings of the blobs. Though the results have yet to appear in a journal with peer review, the researchers presented them at the 52nd Lunar and Planetary Science Seminar in March 2021. The research suggested that the blobs could be remnants of a planet-sized object that collided with Earth about 4.5 billion years ago, forming the moon.


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