“The Atlas of hell”: the underground world exists, and scientists have just...

“The Atlas of hell”: the underground world exists, and scientists have just finished to compile the map


Lasciate ogni speranza, voi CH entrate — written on the gates of hell. “Abandon all hope ye who enter here”. A great way to welcome a visitor to hell. But there is a real underworld, which, however, smaller dogs and sinners in boilers not cooked anywhere. Scientists have thoroughly worked over the full map of the dungeon. You can call it the map of hell in some way.

The earth is made of tectonic plates, huge pieces of crust and mantle scattered somehow and crushing each other, causing processes like volcanism, earthquakes and continental drift. In the process of so-called subduction one plate slides under another and part of the Land sinks into the mantle. A team of European scientists worked on the Atlas of the underworld, the map of these sinking slabs, studying the mantle of the Earth and the history and geography of this subsurface world. And here they’ve published a scientific paper, which described their work in the journal Tectonophysics.

“Now we not only can track the movement of the plates over the surface, and their dip at the core-mantle”, said portal Gizmodo, CRS van Hinsbergen from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. “For me, it’s cool — we can study the physics inside the Earth”.

You probably thought that the plates that dive deep into the mantle, just melt, but actually they get stuck there for long and you can sink as much as 3,000 kilometers down, explains van Hinsbergen. This directory was “the first large base for interpreting the contemporary global mantle structure and its physical properties, and how it is related to the dynamic evolution of our planet over the last 300 million years,” the article says.

Hell, this Atlas was the result of 17 years of work to compare data from different studies with imaging plates. For imaging scientists use seismic tomography. It is similar to medical imaging, but in this case sound, not light waves to speed run through the Land and create the image.

Scientists use this information in order to lay down the history of many boards and their impact on the planet. Plate Bitterroot, for example, is at a depth of 200 kilometers in the Western part of North America. Scientists came to the conclusion that the plate underwent subduction 46-66 million years ago and led to a surge in volcanic activity in the arc Challis Absaroka. This volcanic area between the ages of 50 million years, today has an effect only on the residual rocks in the North-West of the United States. Slabs younger leaves more visible features such as the Andes and the Himalayas.

Johnny Wu from the University of Houston, was not involved in the study, said that the project was similar to the creation of the human genome, but for the planet Earth. “Like the map of the genome, this project will provide us with a platform for further discoveries about our planet”.

And this is only the beginning. “If you look at the first world Atlas in the 16th century, this work was good, but it is significantly different from our modern Atlas,” says van Gisbergen. “I think the satin will look different in 10-20 years. We will find the plate anywhere.”

Well, hell is real. The earth is sucked into the Inferno through the mantle as the planet’s evolution, creating outstanding in the truest sense of the sights on the surface and complex behavior under it. Unable to look at it yourself.