posted 10-20-2004 11:12 AM PT (US)
"..There was a large amount of salty water in interconnected underground chambers, forming a continuous layer around the whole earth, in the form of a spherical shell. This was about 5/8 mile (1 km) thick, lay at a depth of 10 miles (16 km) under the earth's surface and contained about half of the water which is now in the oceans. The water contained dissolved minerals and gases, especially salt (NaCl) and carbon dioxide (CO2). There was basaltic rock underneath this water, then the earth's mantle...."
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