Water discovered deep beneath Earth's surface

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Evidence of water beneath Earth's surface could alter the understanding of the composition of the planet and how its oceans formed.

Researchers have discovered evidence of water — enough to fill oceans — embedded in minerals deep beneath the surface of the United States that could alter the current understanding of the Earth's composition and how it was formed. Were this water in liquid form, which it's not, the discovery could be considered the planet's largest underground water reservoir, researchers said.

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