Now the mystery of mysteries, there’s a huge metal serpent beneath the earth and it is roaming around freely at an alarming rate. Sounds absurd?? No this isn’t some Harry Potter Tale, or a fantastic beast, this is actually a beast living within the metal confines of the earth’s outer core. It moves at a speed of 50 km per year and is currently in the Northern hemisphere moving towards Alaska and plans to tour Siberia.
Now the reality!!! This phenomenon was even declared at the convention of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco and is being influenced by the Earth’s magnetic field. Curious??? Find out what this really is.
1 It’s not a real serpent as you might have thought
It’s not a real serpent; it’s a large strip of extremely thick metal using a vast amount of energy to travel around the Earth’s outer core. Said Dr Chris Finlay senior scientist at the Technical University of Denmark, “this very dense liquid metal, and it takes a huge amount of energy to move this thing around. It probably has the fastest motion we have anywhere within the solid Earth.”
The large metal stream was first detected by The SWAN program initiated by the European Space Agency for the purpose of mapping Earth’s magnetic field in detail. Te liquid metal strip was detected moving at a fast pace and even accelerating its momentum.
2 The liquid metal stream is running freely around Earth’s core
The metal serpent as scientists are referring to it is 420 km wide and encircles almost half the planets circumference. The amplitude of its waves has increased by 40km per years which was noted between 2000 and 2016. The metal serpent beneath the earth has become so powerful that it is also influences the rotation of the inner core.
The iron stream is assumed to be wrapped around a boundary which is known as a ‘Tangent Cylinder’. In lay terms, this is a geometric structure which stretches all the way from the North to the South Pole and surrounds the solid inner core of the earth. So you can well imagine the size of the gigantic liquid metal stream. What’s more, frequent changes in the core’s magnetic field is constantly pulling around the iron serpent in the same way a magnet mover around iron filings on the surface of a table.
3 Incredible Earth’s latest mystery
The Earth’s outer core is home to temperatures of 7,730 degrees centigrade driving the massive convection currents in the mantle. This is what drives the movement of tectonic plates further up in the earth’s surface. This also plays a crucial role in generating and maintaining the magnetosphere of the earth. Life on earth would not be sustained without Earth’s outer core.
Despite of intense geographical and scientific study, the inner core of the earth is still a place of mystery and the new metal serpent beneath the earth is the latest enigma puzzling scientists worldwide.